HC Deb 14 March 1882 vol 267 c884

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether it is intended to arm the "Dreadnought," "Thunderer," "Devastation," "Agamemnon," and "Ajax," or any of them, with the new 43-ton breech-loading guns?


The 43-ton gun will be mounted in ships now building, in which the turrets and barbette towers are being prepared for them. The late Board considered the question of the Ajax and the Agamemnon, and resolved to arm them with the 38-ton gun; and the present Board found the ships too far advanced, and the 43-ton gun too little advanced, to enable them to reverse the decision. In the case of the Dreadnought, the Thunderer, and the Devastation, it would be bad policy to dismantle our most powerful ships afloat until we have the new ships with the new guns to replace them on the seas while the process of re-arming is going forward.