THE DAMAGES ON THE HUASCAR



THE HUASCAR AFTER THE NAVAL BATTLE OF ANGAMOS

Few ships in naval history have sustained such terrible damage and still remained afloat as the Huascar did after Angamos. The Chilean guns were devastating and their accuracy superb. About fifty per cent of the shots had a direct impact. The scene on board the ship was dreadful. Dead and wounded were lying everywhere more than a third of the crew was dead or wounded. The armor of the Huascar had been useless against the Chilean Palliser grenades which penetrated and exploded inside it, blowing thousands of pieces of shrapnel everywhere. During the combat the Chilean battleships fired a total 150 gunshots and hit her with 76 projectiles, 20 of which were 250 pound-palliser explosive grenades. The rest were projectiles of diverse caliber, plus and uncertain number of grapeshot bullets that didn't leave a single section of the ironclad intact. The picture above was taken in Valparaíso, just few days after the combat, in which the damages clearly can be seen. Below, a charcoal drawing shows the impacts with more detail (Engraving taken from the "Illustrated London News", December 13th., 1879, The Peruvian Monitor Huascar after the action in which she was captured.). After the battle, officers of the USS Penssacola were allowed to board the Huascar in order to inspect the power of the Pallisers. It was the first time that such piercing shells were used in actual combat.