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The French Navy launches the world's first ironclad ocean-going warship

France, 1857, zoomable map
11/24/1859
The French Navy launched the world's first ocean-going ironclad warship, named La Gloire, at Toulon in southern France. Weighing 5,630 tons, the wooden hull structure was sheathed in iron plates.  La Gloire carried 38 guns and a crew of 570 and was powered with both steam and sail.  Two sister ships were built in 1860 and 1861.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
James Phinney Baxter, The Introduction of the Ironclad Warship (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1933), 112.

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