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Monitor, Iron clad,
The Adder gave her name to a class of six vessels which was completed between 1870 and 1876. All were fitted with ram bows as ramming was still regarded as a viable tactic, especially in confined waters. The USS Monitor (built 1861) and its turret were the prototype for today's modern, all-metal warship. Such ships were designed as mobile and heavily-armoured batteries for service in sheltered waters such as river estuaries.

Built in 1871, Rijkswerf Amsterdam
Length: 59,56 m.
Width: 13,6 m.
Complement: 115

The Adder in action

Model of the original Monitor


References online

East Indiaman

Roman structures