Aragon (1879)

Aragon-class cruiser. Note the heavy rigging on the fore and main masts, compared to the mizzen. Photo in the collections of the US Navy Historical Center.

Laid Down
1869
Launched
1879
Commissioned
1880
Decommissioned
1896
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History

Lead ship of her class, Aragon was a Spanish unprotected cruiser, laid down as a central-battery ironclad in 1869. Due to politics, Aragon was redesigned while building, delaying her launch. Completed with an armament of eight 203mm (8") 180 pounder rifled muzzle-loaders, Aragon was rearmed in 1885, receiving six 163mm (6.4") guns, two 87mm (3.4") guns, four 75mm (3") guns, ten machine guns, and a pair of 356mm (14") torpedo tubes. Originally designed for service guarding Spains colonies, she was not commissioned until 1880. Assigned to Cadiz, she operated from there until the mid-1890s. Aragon was hulked by 1896, and was sold for scrapping in either 1900 or 1905.