HMS Warrior was the name ship of a class of two 40-gun steam-powered
armoured frigates built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. The sister
ships Warrior and HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-
hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in
1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled
Gloire. After a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863, Warrior had an
active career with the Channel Squadron. The frigate became obsolescent
following the 1871 launching of the mastless and more capable HMS
Devastation, was placed in reserve in 1875, and was paid off in 1883.
After serving as a storeship and depot ship, Warrior was assigned in
1904 to the Royal Navy's torpedo training school. The frigate was
converted into an oil jetty in 1927 and was donated by the Navy to the
Maritime Trust for restoration in 1979. The restoration process took
eight years, during which many of the ship's features and fittings were
either restored or recreated. When this was finished Warrior returned to
Portsmouth as a museum ship. Listed as part of the National Historic
Fleet, the ship has been based in Portsmouth since 1987.
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