La Gloire and La Crinoline
Military Technology, Steamships, Gender, Amusement
Discusses an article in The Times describing how the armour-plating and stability of the French warship La Gloire would be lost at high speed. Considers the bearing of this revelation on other iron clad frigates, notably 'La Crinoline'—a reference to the crinoline dresses worn by women. Warns that, at high speeds, 'La Crinoline', will also roll 'in a dangerous manner' and work loose her 'iron-works'.
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