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British naval history in 19th century Punch magazine - Stock Image

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Iron-clad men-of-war, iron warships being developed by the French and English Navy, were in the news in 1862. The New York Times, on January 29, wrote this in an article entitled Iron-Clad Men-of-War:

...The British Government is not composed of idiots; and if they, with an intimate knowledge of what can be achieved by Armstrong guns, still go on spending millions sterling on the building of this class of naval fortresses, surely we cannot be far wrong if we risk a few million dollars in similar experiments.

Ten weeks later, on 12 April 1862, the British satirical magazine Punch had its say, with this cartoon entitled The British Tar of The Future. Clearly, with the move from wooden ships to iron, British sailors would have to dance their sailor's jigs encased in armour.

Caption: The "British Tar" of the future

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