What was the first ironclad battleship?
The first ironclad battleship in the world is best recognized as one "turtle boat" that was used in the Korean Navy long before the west ever did. They are documented in combat in the 16th century. "Turtle ships are famous for participating in numerous victories against Japanese naval forces that supported Toyotomi Hideyoshi's attempts to conquer Korea from 1592-1598, inflicting heavy losses. Korean admiral Yi Sun-sin is credited with designing and building the craft known today. " (Wikipedia) However, in the west, the first ironclad battleship was called "Gloire" and was built in 1859 by the French during the Crimean war. In the Crimean War (1853�56) the French and British successfully attacked Russian fortifications with �floating batteries,� ironclad barges mounting heavy guns. In 1859 the French completed the first iron warship, the Gloire; its iron plates, 4.5 in. (11 cm) thick, were backed by heavy timber. Britain and the U.S. soon followed.
The French commissioned the first Ironclad in 1860; the La Glori. Actually, the Confederate States of America made the First Ironclad Battleship in the year of 1863 for the historical Battle of the ironclads. It was a captured Union ship called the Merrimack that was plated with iron so that it could protect itself against the enemy fire. This infuriated the Union causing them to build an ironclad as well naming it the Monitor, the…
The CSS Manassas was the first ironclad battleship in the American Civil War. It was used in the Battle of the Head of the Passes in 1861. The Confederacy followed suit by launching the CSS Virginia in 1862. The secessionists were at a disadvantage since European leaders confiscated ships that were built for the Confederacy.
The battle between the two ironclad warships, USS Monitor (first United States ironclad warship) and CSS Virginia (previously the USS Merrimack and first Confederate States ironclad warship) was significant because it was the first battle in the world where ironclad warships dueled together. The two warships were not the first ironclad warships in the world to be built, but they were the first ironclads to engage in combat against each other.
Ships that were plated with iron. Famous ones are the Merrimack and the Monitor. The invention of the ironclad scared Europe, seeing they did not have that technology. Cannon balls just bounced off of the ships. The south came up with these first, but then the North made a better version with 40+ patented items, including the rotating turret.
Quite possibly a tin (toy) battleship during the 1880s, as this was when the world's navies were building steel battleships and replacing their wooden ships. More likely it was the USS Monitor, an ironclad battleship commissioned in Feb. 1861 and sunk in Dec. of the same year (foundered in a storm off Cape Hatteras). The tin (toy) battleships were possibly designed after this and the CSS Virginia (also and ironclad) which the Monitor engaged to…