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Off the British coast, the Royal Navy's new ocean going iron warship breaks records at her speed trials

H.M.S. Warrior
10/18/1861
The speed trials of the Royal Navy's new H.M.S. Warrior, the world's first iron hulled ocean going warship, took place in Stoke's Bay off Gosport in Hampshire.  Her six runs averaged almost  14½ knots; with the tide around 16 knots and against the tide more than 12 knots.  This made the 9,210 ton, 480-foot vessel the fastest man-of-war in the world. The Warrior was in service only until 1883 and never fired a single shot in anger.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), p. 203.  

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