Rio De Janeiro

Paraguay,South America

Rio De Janeiro was an armored ironclad laid down by Arsenal de Marinha da Corte in Brasil in June 1865, and was launched in February 1866. She was commissioned one month later. She had one steam engine giving her 420 hp, and was armed with two Whitworth rifled muzzle cannons and two smoothbore guns. Under the war between Paraguay and Argentine who allied with Brazil, she saw action in May 1866 at Curuzu together with other naval units. She bombarded Paraguayan fortifications at Curuzu, and was hit by at least one shell who killed four of her crew and wounding several others. 2. September 1866 she hit two mines in River Paraguay and went down in less than two minutes, killing 53 men of her crew. The wreck rest today buried in the mud on a depth of 15 to 20 meter.

Former names:
Rio De Janeiro

186,0 x 30,2 x 8,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
871 displ ( std )
Rio De Janeiro ( BR ) 1866
Rio De Janeiro ( BR )

Painting: Rio De Janeiro sinking
By Adolfo Methfessel

Last updated: January 2011