ery and the provision for ramming and for resisting the impact of rams as well as of shot and shell, have made it necessary that strength and solidity should enter into every part of the structure.
The Inflexible having been accepted as one of the types of the British future line — of battle ships, two others have been put in process of construction—the Ajax, which was laid down at the Pembroke dock-yard in 1876; and the Agamemnon, commenced at the Chatham in the same year, and launched in 1879.
After so full an account of the Inflexible, any detailed description of these two sister ships would be a mere repetition.
The Colossus and the Majestic * * *two steel sister ships, are of the same type as the vessels just described, and of dimensions between the Inflexible and the Ajax.
In Constructor Porter's reply to Justice, he says:
Of the great and skillful calculations of the displacements and weights of timber and iron involved in the planning and construction of this