A Novel War Ship Built by TB Seath, Rutherglen on the Clyde

A NOVEL WAR SHIP.

Thames Advertiser, Volume XVI, Issue 5359, 25 December 1885, Page 3

A NOVEL WAR SHIP.

Mr T.B. Seath shipbuilder, Rntherglen has submitted to the Admiralty plans of a novel war vessel, such as it is thought would be of great
service in defending the estuaries of Clyde and other British rivers. The vessel is 150 feet in length, with the extraordinary beam of 30 feet. By
three fore and aft bulkheads, and eight cross bulkheads, she is divided into 32 watertight compartments, an arrangement which it is thought
would make her practically unsinkable. The bottom part of the shell, from stem to stern, describes the segment of a circle, which would allow
the steamer to turn upon her own axis, like one of our small up-and-down river ferry boats. Above the. water-line she has a steel belt two feet
in thickness, tapering off upwards and downwards. It is calculated that a heavy, shot striking her on the apex of the belt would be broken to
pieces, whereas should it hit on the slope or the triangle, it would glance off harmlessly. Her armament consists of two heavy immovable guns
,one stationed fore and the other aft; but the vessel can be made to turn on her axis so rapidly that it would be possible to deliver the fire of
each gun alternately at one object within half a minute. On deck, when in action, with the exception of the guns, there u nothing upon which
a shot could take effect, the funnel being erected on the telescopic principle. The vessel would run at the high rate of fully 18 miles an hour, a
speed which would enable her to make rapid and unexpected attacks, and allow her as smartly to retire or keep beyond reach of an enemy. A
number of gentlemen practised in naval warfare and maritime affairs, to whom the plans were submitted, have commented favourably on the
utility of the vessels; and the builder is prepared to construct two of them at a cost of £25,000 each. The plans were presented to the
Admiralty by Earl.de la Warn