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HMS Warrior

The upperdeck looking aft from the forward bridge, port side. Warrior has two bridges - thin walkways stretching across the beam of the ship - one forward between the fore and main masts and one aft, between the main and mizzen masts. The bridges are unprotected and completely open - a long way from the air-conditioned remote-control of a modern ship's bridge. Warrior was navigated from the forward bridge - and controlled in action from the after bridge by the Captain and senior officers. Orders were passed by mechanical telegraphs (to the engine room) and voice-pipes. An armoured conning tower on the upper deck level just behind and below the after bridge provided for protection for the Captain in the event of close action (entrance to the armoured tower is from below) - there are holes in the thick iron plate to observe the action).

The upper deck on Warrior is large - an unbroken level deck of 380 feet (116m) in length and 58 feet (18m) in width (beam). Unlike previous designs, she has no raised poop or quarterdeck and no raised forecastle (fo'csle). She has a rudimentary bridge and an armoured conning tower to control of the ship in action. From the upper deck the seamanship evolutions were controlled - setting and trimming sails, steering, navigating and controlling the ship. The upper deck is the province of the seamen. Warrior herself became obsolete within a few years as further technical developments overtook her design. She remained in a number of roles before finishing her service as a floating oil jetty at Pembroke. Warrior was completely restored at Hartlepool and returned to Portsmouth in 1987.

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