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The Battle of Pacocha'; Action between HMS 'Shah' and 'Ameth
Engraving showing the battle between HMS 'Shah' and 'Amethyst' and the Peruvian Ironclad turret ship 'Huascar' on the 29th May 1877. The 'Huascar' had been taken over by some Peruvian revolutionaries and declared a 'pirate' by the Peruvian government. The 'Shah' and 'Amethyst' were ordered to protect British Merchant Shipping and after the 'Huascar' had stopped several British merchant ships, the Royal Navy decided to hunt down the 'Huascar'. In the action depicted, the 70 guns of the British ships were unable to do much damage to the 'Huascar' as she was an heavily-built ironclad. In return the gunnery crew of the 'Huascar' was not well drilled enough to hit the British ships much. In desperation the 'Shah' launched a Whitehead torpedo at the 'Huascar', but the Peruvian ship was able to dodge it with some ease. The battle became a stalemate and the two sides slipped away after the fall of darkness. Reputedly this was the last action by a wooden warship, firing a broadside of muzzle-loading guns and the first use of a torpedo in anger.
© Mary Evans Picture Library 2015 - https://copyrighthub.org/s0/hub1/creation/maryevans/MaryEvansPictureID/10216938
WW1 - Battle of Dogger Bank - Sinking of SMS 'Blucher'
WW1 - Battle of Dogger Bank - A photograph showing the sinking of the German battle cruiser, SMS 'Blucher', after being shelled by the British in 1915. The crew can be seen clinging to the hull, others sliding into the water, and pouring from the bilge-keel. Above appears the wrecked tripod foremast and turret with guns tilted skyward. On the far right, smoke and flames are bursting from the ship's torn side by Brtitsh shells. Blucher was the only warship to have sunk during the battle. Date: 1915
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