Starting a whole series of warships, starting from a humble Ironclad design (circa 1860s) to a family of battleships and other warships (circa 1950s). Everything will be my own designs and my own evolution of advancement as if I was my own country.

Starting off my new family of warships is my first armored ship, an ironclad. Easy to design plus I just wrote an article about them so everything is still fresh!


  • Length – 250′
  • Beam – 58′
  • Draft – 15′
  • Displacement – 1400 tons
  • Powerplant – x2 boilers, 3x shafts
  • Speed – 7 knots
  • Armor – 4.5″ iron plating on the casemate.
  • Firepower – 16x 15″ smoothbore breech loading cannons

This is a coastal warship only and that is stretching it. More like a river craft. It is designed to protect vital port cities from oceangoing wooden ships prevalent in 1850. Something to help keep the country from getting blockaded by an adversary. I based the concept on the Confederate casemate ironclads used in the American Civil War. A ship that could quickly and easily be built on the hulls of converted ships. A purely defensive vessel.

What’s Next?

With this ship, I now have my shores protected. But, what if I want to go on the offensive? Let’s assume this ship will have all the same flaws of Civil War era ironclads. Poor seakeeping, no freeboard, weak engines, etc.

My next ship will need to address those problems. Something that can take the fight onto the high seas. So in my next design, I will design an improved ocean going ironclad.

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ironclad design

ironclad design

ironclad design


Chris Knupp

A student of military history, I am working to make history more interesting and accessible for everyone.


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