Clad in Iron: Philippines 1898

Clad in Iron: Philippines 1898

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dev.totemgames  [developer] Mar 12 @ 4:27am
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 After a decade, the Spanish fleet is very outdated and could no longer protect the national interests of the sea.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 The problem was that there was very little money in the treasury, and the Spanish shipbuilding industry was very outdated.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.

link to the image of the Spanish ships
https://ibb.co/NVfd6Fn
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Love the art work.
dev.totemgames  [developer] Mar 12 @ 10:23am 
Thank you Sir!
Beechler Mar 17 @ 3:39pm 
Looks great!
dev.totemgames  [developer] Mar 31 @ 8:10am 
Tnx!
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