HMS Warrior [Thames Ironwork and Shipbuilding Co], along with Black Prince were the first British iron hulled, armoured warships built to combat the newly launched French ironclad, wooden hulled warship. Preserved at Portsmouth
Ship figureheads - HMS Warrior, built in was one of the last British battleships to carry a figurehead. Large sculptures can weaken a boat's sailing ability and for this reason they fell out of fashion in the last century.
Today in 1860 the Royal Navy launched iron hulled HMS Warrior so advanced that it made every other battleship in the world instantly obsolete. Such was the speed of innovation in the late century that 15 years later she too would be obsolete.
much of a time, the deck and bulkhead was painted deep red. so when the scene was awash with blood. the gun crew was not distracted from their duty. sand was tossed on the deck to reduce slipping in it.