Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Send in the clowns

The Clown class gunboat was a class of twelve gunboats ordered by the Royal Navy in January 1856 for use in the Crimean War, although by the time they were completed, later that year, the Crimean War was over and some of these gunboats were sent to the Far East and took part in the Second Opium War

Unfortunately for Wee Willy Hague (bless his little cotton socks), the days when Britannia could overawe the unruly hordes of Crim Tartary with a few gunboats are long gone. These days we just have to rely on the charge of the lightweight brigade.