Proof Sleigh

9-inch R.M.L. converted to 11-inch B.L. High-angle

110ton BL at Shoeburyness

 

Jubilee Shot: 1888

The Jubilee Shot of 1888 (9.2-inch BL)

9.2-inch B.L. at Shoeburyness

 

Shoeburyness 1886 Proof Sleigh

 

By the 1880s heavily clad battleships were thought to be virtually impenetrable using the heavy armament of the channel fleet. If the ships of the Royal Navy could not hope to destroy such leviathans with their 18inches of armour then what hope did the forts have? The decision was taken to try high-angle fire to bring plunging shot down on the lightly armoured decks of the ships rather than to try punching through their protective belt or box armour.

 

 

 

 

Tregangtle Down High-angle Battery: Plymouth

 

The Verne High-angle Battery, Portland: The Verne High-angle Battery, Portland: The Verne High-angle Battery, Portland: The Verne High-angle Battery, Portland: