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Clad in Iron: Carolines 1885 Dev Diary
« on: March 12, 2019, 06:03:53 AM »
Clad in Iron: Carolines 1885 Dev Diary #1 - Spanish warships

The construction of a large series of steam frigates and broadside ironclads in the 1860s put Spain among the foremost naval powers, but in subsequent years economic problems and political instability led to a complete loss of occupied positions. After a decade, the Spanish fleet is very outdated and could no longer protect the national interests of the sea. The situation prevailing in Spain by the early 1880s was very difficult. The country has just ended devastating civil wars and revolutions. Therefore, in 1880, the Spanish government took the first steps to restore the former sea power. The problem was that there was very little money in the treasury, and the Spanish shipbuilding industry was very outdated. For this reason, by 1883 a series of small 250t colonial gunboats was built in Spain (1st right). These first iron ships for the renewed fleet were not very successful. After the construction of a series of larger 550t  iron gunboats in 1885 (2nd right), it became clear that the Spaniards were not able to design modern warships. Therefore, in the UK were bought small 1000t iron cruisers (3rd right). When Germany attempted to annex the Caroline Islands in 1885, Spain could send only 4600t wooden frigates (4th right) and 5700t wooden ironclads (5th right) to Oceania as capital ships.



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Re: Clad in Iron: Carolines 1885 Dev Diary
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 08:34:41 AM »
Clad in Iron: Carolines 1885 Dev Diary #2 - White, grey, black

We are very strange guys and we are interested in strange questions. For example, we want to know in what color scheme the Spanish and German warships were painted in Oceania in 1885 during the Carline Islands crisis. There are three possible answers to this question.

Usually for service in hot climates, the ships of the great powers were painted in a white and yellow version, when the ship's hull was white, and all other parts were yellow-orange.



The second option could be the so-called combat paint, when the hull or the whole ship was painted in gray or gray-blue color. This method has been known since the time of the American Civil War. In 1885, France was at war with China and part of the French ships were painted gray-blue.



The third color of the ship was the usual black and yellow Victorian type with a black hull and yellow masts and superstructures. We know for sure that the Spanish squadron assembled in Europe for the campaign on the Pacific Ocean was painted in the Victorian scheme.

This was described in Spanish newspapers in 1885, but we did not find such information about the German ships. But in the photographs of 1889 from Samoa, where only the hurricane prevented the battle of the German and American colonial squadrons, we see that the German ships have black hulls and yellow-orange masts and superstructures.



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