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Type: Battleship, 2nd Class, Armoured ; late Central battery ironclad ; Armament 12
Launched : 31 May 1870 ; Disposal date or year : 1946
BM: 5234 tons ; Displacement: 9286 tons
Propulsion: Screw Complement: 600
Machinery notes: 8629 hpi 1200 hp ; Speed ; 14.1 knots ;
19 Jan 1871, in the Medway, off Chatham, being ballasted for a passage to Portsmouth.
25 Feb 1871 arrived at Spithead, from Sheerness.
18 Mar 1871 taken out of dock having had her bottom cleaned and valves checked.
17 Apr 1871 went out of Portsmouth Harbour to carry out trials of her machinery.
17 Apr 1871 only 2 men required at the wheel of the Sultan when she carried out machinery trials, which compares with the 14 to 16 men who would have been required if steam hadn't been used, along with some 30-40 men required to look after the relieving tackles below.
17 Apr 1871 a trial of the steam capstan suggested that the boiler was too small to lift the anchors in a satisfactory manner.
22 Apr 1871 carried out trials over the measured mile in Stokes Bay.
24 Apr 1871 carried out further trials, including firing the guns.
1879 Portsmouth. Officers borne in Asia.
1882 Bombardment of Alexandria
2 Apr 1886 arrived Malta.
8 May 1886 Serving in Greek Waters. See Temeraire for more detail.
6 Mar 1889 struck on a rock in the Comino Channel and subsequently sank - following some set-backs she was refloated and repaired.
1890 Portsmouth. Officers borne in "Asia."
27 Jun 1900 Portsmouth. Orders received for vessels to be specially commissioned for a naval mobilization to take place on Tuesday, July 10th - see Colossus for details.
1906 Renamed Fisgard IV.
1931/2 Renamed Sultan, training hulk