|French ironclad Solférino|
The French ironclad Solférino, of the Magenta class, the only two-decked broadside ironclad battleships ever built.
|Namesake:||Battle of Solferino|
|Laid down:||24 June 1859|
|Launched:||24 June 1861|
|Class & type:||Magenta-class ironclad|
|Length:||85.98 m (282 ft 1 in)|
|Beam:||17.27 m (56 ft 8 in)|
|Draught:||8.43 m (27 ft 8 in)|
1,000 hp (746 kW) steam engine, 8 boilers
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Endurance:||3 months of food, 740 tonnes of coal|
|Armour:||Belt: 4.7 in (120 mm) wrought iron|
Solférino was a broadside ironclad warship of the French Navy, the second unit of the Magenta class, designed by Dupuy de Lôme and launched in 1861. She was named in honour of the Battle of Solferino.
These two ironclads were the only two-decked broadside ironclad battleships ever built. They were also the first ships in the world to be equipped with a spur ram. They were somewhat of an enlarged version of the Gloire type armoured frigate, or the result of the same principle applied to a full-scale ship of the line.
- de Balincourt, Captain; Vincent-Bréchignac, Captain (1974). "The French Navy of Yesterday: Ironclad Frigates, Pt. II". Akron, OH: F.P.D.S.. pp. 23–25.
- Gardiner, Robert, ed (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. Greenwich: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.
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