French ironclad Richelieu

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Post by kosovohp on Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:06 am

The French ironclad Richelieu was a wooden-hulled central battery ironclad built for the French Navy in the early 1870s. She was named after the seventeenth century statesman Cardinal de Richelieu. The ship was the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron for most of her career. Richelieu caught on fire in Toulon in 1880 and was scuttled to prevent her magazines from exploding. She was salvaged and resumed her role as flagship after she was repaired. The ship was placed in reserve in 1886 and condemned in 1901. While being towed to the ship breakers in Amsterdam in 1911, Richelieu's tugboat had to cast her loose during a storm in the Bay of Biscay. The ship survived the storm and was recovered near the Scilly Isles and towed to her destination.

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