Imperial Brazilian Navy

The Imperial Brazilian Navy (Brazilian Portuguese: Armada Nacional, commonly known as Armada Imperial) was the navy created at the time of the independence of the Empire of Brazil from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. It existed between 1822 and 1889 during the vacancy of the constitutional monarchy.

Imperial Brazilian Navy
Armada Nacional
Imperial Brazilian Navy Emblem
Naval Jack
MottoProtegendo o Império do Brasil e seus interesses navais.
Founded11 June 1822 (11 June 1822)[1]
Disbanded15 November 1889 (15 November 1889)[2]
Service branches
HeadquartersIlha das Cobras[4]
Brazilian EmperorPedro I (first; 1822–1831)
Pedro II (last; 1831–1889)
Chief of Staff2nd Viscount of Caravelas (first; 1847)
Viscount of Ouro Preto (last; 1889)
Ministry of NavyCount of Sousel (first; 1822)
José da Costa Oliveira (last; 1889)
Military age18–45
Conscription1–3 years; compulsory service
Active personnel9,177 (total served; 1864–69)[5]
Budget$7,348 million USD (total; 1876–77)[6]
($204,679 millions USD in 2022)
Related articles
HistoryMilitary history of Brazil
RanksMilitary ranks of Brazil

The Navy was formed almost entirely by ships, staff, organizations and doctrines proceeding from the transference of the Portuguese Royal Family in 1808. Some of its members were native-born Brazilians, who under Portugal had been forbidden to serve. Other members were Portuguese who adhered to the cause of separation and German and Irish mercenaries. Some establishments created by King John VI were used and incorporated.

Under the reign of Emperor Pedro II the Navy was greatly expanded to become the fifth most powerful navy in the world and the armed force more popular and loyal to the Brazilian monarchy.[7]


The Imperial Navy came into being with the independence of the country in 1822 to fight and to expel the Portuguese troops dispersed by the territory. The transfer of the Portuguese monarchy to Brazil in 1808 during the Napoleonic wars resulted in the transfer of a large part of the structure, personnel and ships of the Portuguese Navy. These became the core of the recently created Imperial Navy. A number of establishments previously created by King John were incorporated into the navy such as the Department of Navy, Headquarters of the Navy, the Intendancy and Accounting Department, the Arsenal (Shipyard) of the Navy, the Academy of Navy Guards, the Naval Hospital, the Auditorship, the Supreme Military Council, the powder plant, and others. Due to the necessity of the war, its initial contingent was formed by Brazilians, Portuguese who joined the independence and mainly by foreign mercenaries. The Brazilian-born Captain Luís da Cunha Moreira was chosen as the first minister of the Navy on 28 October 1822.[8][9]

Officers of the Armada. Seated, Prince August (left) and Admiral Eduardo Wandenkolk (center), 1889.


Under Articles 102 and 148 of the Constitution, the Brazilian Armed Forces were subordinate to the Emperor as Commander-in-Chief.[10] He was aided by the Ministers of War and Navy in matters concerning the Army and the Navy—although the Prime Minister usually exercised oversight of both branches in practice. The ministers of War and Navy were, with few exceptions, civilians.[11][12] The model chosen was the British parliamentary or Anglo-American system, in which "the country's Armed Forces observed unrestricted obedience to the civilian government while maintaining distance from political decisions and decisions referring to borders' security".[13]

Brazil's first line of defense relied upon a large and powerful navy to protect against foreign attack. The military was organized along similar lines to the British and American armed forces of the time. As a matter of policy, the military was to be completely obedient to civilian governmental control and to remain at arm's length from involvement in political decisions. Military personnel were allowed to run for and serve in political office while remaining on active duty. However they did not represent the Army or the Navy, but were instead expected to serve the interests of the city or province which had elected them.[14]

First reign (1822–1831)

British naval officer Lord Thomas Alexander Cochrane was made the commander of the Imperial Navy and received the rank of "First Admiral".[15][16] At that time, the fleet was composed of one ship of the line, four frigates, and smaller ships for a total of 38 warships. The Secretary of Treasury Martim Francisco Ribeiro de Andrada created a national subscription to generate capital in order to increase the size of the fleet. Contributions were sent from all over Brazil. Even the Emperor Pedro I acquired a merchant brig at his own expense (that was renamed "Caboclo") and donated it to the State.[16][17] The navy fought in the north and also south of Brazil where it had a decisive role in the independence of the country.[18]

After the suppression of the revolt in Pernambuco in 1824 and prior to the Cisplatine War, the navy significantly increased in size and strength. Starting with 38 ships in 1822, eventually the navy reached 96 modern warships of various types with over 690 cannons. The Navy blocked the estuary of the Río de la Plata hindering the contact of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (as Argentina was then called) with the Cisplatine rebels and the outside world. Several battles had occurred between Brazilian and Argentine ships until the defeat of an Argentine flotilla composed of two corvettes, five brigs and one barque near the Island of Santiago in 1827. When Pedro I abdicated in 1831, he left a powerful navy made up of two ships of the line and ten frigates in addition to corvettes, steamships, and other ships for a total of at least 80 warships in peacetime.[19][20]

War of the Independence

Prince Regent Pedro (right) orders the Portuguese officer Jorge de Avilez (left) to return to Portugal after his failed rebellion.
The Pedro I ship that took part in the Brazilian War of Independence.

The action of the navy was essential during the war of independence to prevent the arrival of new Portuguese troops in Brazilian territory. Both parties (Portuguese and Brazilian) saw the Portuguese warships spread across the country (mostly in poor condition) as the instrument through which military victory could be achieved. In early 1822, the Portuguese navy controlled a ship of the line, two frigates, four corvettes, two brigs, and four warships of other categories in Brazilian waters.

Warships available immediately for the new Brazilian navy were numerous, but in disrepair. The hulls of several ships that were brought by the Royal Family and the Court to be abandoned in Brazil were rotten and therefore of little value. The Brazilian agent in London, Felisberto Caldeira Brant, the Marquis of Barbacena, received orders to acquire warships fully equipped and manned on credit. No vendor, however, was willing to take the risks. Finally, there was an initial public offering, and the new Emperor personally signed for 350 of them, inspiring others to do the same. Thus, the new government was successful in raising funds to purchase a fleet.

Arranging crews was another problem. A significant number of former officers and Portuguese sailors volunteered to serve the new nation, and swore loyalty to it. Their loyalty, however, was under suspicion. For this reason, British and other foreign officers and men were recruited to fill out the ranks and end the dependence on the Portuguese.

Brazilian Navy was led by British officer Thomas Cochrane. The newly renovated navy experienced a number of early setbacks due to sabotage by Portuguese-born men in the naval crews, but by 1823 the navy had been reformed and the Portuguese members were replaced by native-born Brazilians, freed slaves, pardoned prisoners as well as more experienced British and American mercenaries. The navy succeeded in clearing the coast of Portuguese presence and isolating the remaining Portuguese land troops. By the end of 1823, the Brazilian naval forces had pursued the remaining Portuguese ships across the Atlantic nearly as far as the shores of Portugal.

Cisplatine War

Brazilian Navy and Argentine Navy in the naval battle of Punta Colares.

The Cisplatine War was a war between the Empire of Brazil and the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata for control of the current territory of Uruguay. Rebels led by Fructuoso Rivera and Juan Antonio Lavalleja carried out a resistance against Brazilian rule. In 1825, a Congress of delegates from all over the Banda Oriental met in La Florida and declared independence from Brazil, while reaffirming its allegiance to the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata. In response, Brazil declared war on the United Provinces.

Brazilian Emperor Pedro I ordered his fleet to blockade the River Plate and its two main ports, Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The Argentine fleet moved south, first to Ensenada and then to distant Carmen de Patagones on the Atlantic Ocean. The Brazilian fleet attempted to take Carmen de Patagones in 1827 and thus tighten its blockade over Argentina, but Brazilian troops were eventually repelled by local civilians. Despite a big battle, a series of smaller clashes ensued, including the naval Battles of Juncal and Monte Santiago.

Given the high cost of the war for both sides and the threat it posed to trade between the United Provinces and the United Kingdom, the latter pressed the two belligerent parties to engage in peace negotiations in Rio de Janeiro. Under British and French mediation, the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata and the Empire of Brazil signed the 1828 Treaty of Montevideo, which acknowledged the independence of the Cisplatina under the name Eastern Republic of Uruguay.

Eastern Naval Division

The East Naval Division or Naval Division of the African Coast (Brazilian Portuguese: Divisão Naval na Costa d'África, commonly known as Divisão Naval do Leste) was a division of the Armada established in the Angolan province of Cabinda, occupying the ports of Ambriz, Cabinda and Molembo.[21] It was created in 1827 and had as its objective the inspection of Brazilian ships regarding the observance of the 1815 treaty with British Empire about the slave trade.[22] It was disbanded in 1830.[23]

Regency period (1831–1840)

During the turbulent years of the regency, the Arsenal, Navy department, and the Naval Jail were improved and the Imperial Mariner Corps (formed then by volunteers) was created. Steam navigation was finally adopted in the 1830s. The Navy also successfully fought against all revolts that occurred during the regency (where it made blockades and transported the Army troops) including: Cabanagem, Ragamuffin War, Sabinada, Balaiada, amongst others.[20][24]

When Emperor Pedro II was declared of legal age and assumed his constitutional prerogatives in 1840, the Armada had over 90 warships: six frigates, seven corvettes, two barque-schooners, six brigs, eight brig-schooners, 16 gunboats, 12 schooners, seven armed brigantine-schooners, six steam barques, three transport ships, two armed luggers, two cutters and thirteen larger boats.

Second reign (1831–1889)

Shipyard in Rio de Janeiro city, c. 1862

During the 58-year reign of Pedro II the Brazilian Navy achieved its greatest strength in relation to navies around the world.[25] Several establishments were improved and created. Steam navigation, ironclad armour and torpedoes was adopted. Brazil quickly modernized the fleet acquiring ships from foreign sources while also constructing others locally. Brazil's Navy substituted the old smoothbore cannons for new ones with rifled barrels, which were more accurate and had longer ranges. Improvements were also made in the Arsenals (shipyards) and naval bases, which were equipped with new workshops. Ships were constructed in the Arsenal of the Navy in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Santos, Niterói and Pelotas. All revolts were suppressed.

During the 1850s the State Secretary, the Accounting Department of the Navy, the Headquarters of the Navy and the Naval Academy were reorganized and improved. New ships were purchased and the ports administrations were better equipped. The Imperial Mariner Corps was definitively regularized and the Marine Corps was created, taking the place of the Naval Artillery. The Service of Assistance for Invalids was also established, along with several schools for sailors and craftsmen.[26]

Platine Wars

The conflicts in the Platine region did not cease after the war of 1825. The anarchy caused by the despotic Rosas and his desire to subdue Bolívia, Uruguay and Paraguay forced Brazil to intercede, in the Platine War. The Imperial Government sent a naval force of 17 warships (a ship of the line, 10 corvettes and six steamships) commanded by the veteran John Pascoe Grenfell. The Brazilian fleet succeeded in passing through the Argentine line of defence at the Tonelero Pass under heavy attack and transported the troops to the theater of operations. The Imperial Navy had a total of 59 vessels of various types in 1851: 36 armed sailing ships, 10 armed steamships, seven unarmed sailing ships and six sailing transports.[27] Victorious in an international war, the Imperial Navy consolidated like naval power of South America guaranteeing the hegemony to Brazil in the Rio de La Plata.

Year Navy (number of ships)
1822 38
1825 96
1831 80
1840 90
1851 59
1864 40
1870 94
1889 60
Training of the Armada during the 1870s.

More than a decade later the Navy was once again modernized and its fleet of old sailing ships was converted to a fleet of 40 steamships armed with more than 250 cannons.[28] In 1864 the navy fought in the Uruguayan War and immediately afterwards in the Paraguayan War where it annihilated the Paraguayan Navy in the Battle of Riachuelo, the biggest naval battle of the Latin America. The navy was further augmented with the acquisition of 20 ironclads and six fluvial monitors. At least 9,177 navy personnel fought in the five years' conflict.[5] Brazilian naval constructors such as Napoleão Level, Trajano de Carvalho and João Cândido Brasil planned new concepts for warships that allowed the country's Arsenals to retain their competitiveness with other nations.[29] All damage suffered by ships was repaired and various improvements were made to them.[30] In 1870, Brazil had 94 modern warships[31] and had the fifth most powerful navy in the world.[32]

Paraguayan War

Damage that could be done to ironclads. Tamandaré (left) and Brasil (right) damaged after the earlier attack on Curuzú, a fort much less powerful than Curupayty or Humaitá.

Brazil's first line of military was his large and powerful navy. The navy fulfilled an important role by blocking Paraguayan access to the Plata basin and preventing its communication with the outside world. After the initial Paraguayan advance, the imperial navy went up the paraná and Paraguay rivers containing the Paraguayan advance. On 11 June 1865 the naval Battle of Riachuelo the Brazilian fleet commanded by Admiral Francisco Manoel Barroso da Silva destroyed the Paraguayan navy and prevented the Paraguayans from permanently occupying Argentine territory. The tactic used by Barroso to finally win the battle with the least possible losses was to break the Paraguayan wooden ships with the Brazilian ironclads. For all practical purposes, this battle decided the outcome of the war in favor of the Triple Alliance between Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay; from that point on it controlled the waters of the Río de la Plata basin up to the entrance to Paraguay. Following the victory after the Battle of Riachuelo, and running the gauntlet set up by Paraguayans at Bella Vista in the Battle of Paso de Mercedes the day before, the allied fleet advanced down the River Parana, not wanting to be cut off from its supply base.

After the sequence of battles won by the Allies on 1866, an Allied council of war decided to use their navy to bombard and capture the Paraguayan battery at Curupayti. On 1 September, five Brazilian ironclads, Bahia, Barroso, Lima Barros, Rio de Janeiro and Brasil began bombarding the batteries at Curuzu, which continued the next day. That is when the Rio de Janeiro hit two mines and sank immediately along with her commander Américo Brasílio Silvado, and 50 sailors. Along with the Imperial Army land support, on 3 September, the fort was stormed. The defenders relied on the advantage of the wetlands and bushes around the fort. The fort was conquered after a heavy bombardment. The ironclad "Rio de Janeiro" had a hole blown in her bottom by a torpedo, and sank almost immediately

The Imperial Navy in Humaitá, Paraguay, 1868.

— the greater part of her crew, together with her captain, being drowned. This was the only ironclad which was sunk during the war.

Another great naval battle occurred in 1868; the Passage of Humaitá which was an operation of riverine warfare − the most lethal in South American history − in which a force of six Brazilian Navy armoured vessels was ordered to dash past under the guns of the Fortress of Humaitá on the Paraguay River. Some competent neutral observers had considered that the feat was very nearly impossible. The purpose of the exercise was to stop the Paraguayans resupplying the fortress by river, and to provide the Allies with a much-needed propaganda victory after 4 years of an exhaustive war. The attempt took place on 19 February 1868 and was successful, restoring the reputation of the Brazilian navy and the Empire of Brazil's financial credit, and causing the Paraguayans to evacuate their capital Asunción. Some authors have considered that it was the turning point or culminating event of the war. The fortress, by then fully surrounded by Allied forces on land or blockaded by water, was captured on 25 July 1868.

Expansion and end of the Empire

Pedro II dressed in an admiral's uniform at age 44, 1870—the war years had prematurely aged the Emperor.

During the 1870s, the Brazilian Government strengthened the navy as the possibility of a war against Argentina over Paraguay's future became quite real. Thus, it acquired a gunboat and a corvette in 1873; an ironclad and a monitor in 1874; and immediately afterwards two cruisers and another monitor.[18][33] The improvement of the Armada continued during the 1880s. The Arsenals of the Navy in the provinces of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Pernambuco, Pará and Mato Grosso continued to build dozens of warships. Also, four torpedo boats were purchased.[34]

On 30 November 1883, the Practical School of Torpedoes was created along with a workshop devoted to constructing and repairing torpedoes and electric devices in the Arsenal of Navy of Rio de Janeiro.[35] This Arsenal constructed four steam gunboats and one schooner, all with iron and steel hulls (the first of these categories constructed in the country).[34] The Imperial Armada reached its apex with the incorporation of the ironclad battleships Riachuelo and Aquidabã (both equipped with torpedo launchers) in 1884 and 1885, respectively. Both ships (considered state-of-the-art by experts from Europe) allowed the Imperial Brazilian Navy to retain its position as one of the most powerful naval forces.[36] By 1889, the navy had 60 warships[30] and was the fifth or sixth most powerful navy in the world.[37]

The ironclad battleship Aquidabã, launched in 1885, was considered, along with the Riachuelo, one of the most powerful warships in the world.

In the last cabinet of the monarchic regime, the Minister of the Navy, Admiral José da Costa Azevedo (the Baron of Ladário), left the reorganization and modernization of the navy unfinished.[30] The coup that ended the monarchy in Brazil in 1889 was not well accepted by the Navy. Imperial Mariners were attacked when they tried to support the imprisoned Emperor in the City Palace. The Marquis of Tamandaré begged Pedro II to allow him to fight back the coup; however, the Emperor refused to allow any bloodshed.[38] Tamandaré would later be imprisoned by order of the dictator Floriano Peixoto under the accusation of financing the monarchist military in the Federalist Revolution.[39]

The Baron of Ladário remained in contact with the exiled Imperial Family, hoping to restore the monarchy, but ended up ostracized by the republican government. Admiral Saldanha da Gama led the Revolt of the Armada with the objective of restoring the Empire and allied himself with other monarchists who were fighting in the Federalist Revolution. However, all the attempts at restoration were violently crushed. High-ranking Monarchist officers were imprisoned, banished or executed by firing squad without due process of law and their subordinates also suffered harsh punishments.[40]

Industrial base

The cruiser Almirante Tamandaré, the first of its kind built in Brazil, 1889.

From 1808 on, with the arrival of the Portuguese court in Brazil, a series of military establishments were created, which strengthened the maintenance of the Portuguese navy on the Brazilian coast. After independence, the newly formed Imperial Navy occupied these arsenals and shipyards, which were spread all over the Brazilian coast, in the cities of Belém, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Luís, Maceió and Recife.

In 1824, with the end of the independence wars, construction resumed at the Rio de Janeiro Navy Arsenal, with the construction of the Corvette Campista, the first one built in Brazil for the Imperial Navy.[41] Until 1852, naval arsenals were dedicated to the construction of small wooden and sail ships: corvettes, schooners wooden and sailing ships: corvettes, schooners, brigs, mules, pataches, and small vessels.[42]

From the second half of the 19th century, private companies emerged as the main boatbuilder in the country, Ponta d'Areia, later known as Mauá Shipyard. The Ponta d'Areia Shipyard produced 72 vessels for the most varied purposes such as cabotage, cargo transport, passengers, warships, and small vessels, with emphasis on the twelve vessels ordered by the Imperial Navy of Brazil between 1849 and 1869.[43]

By the end of the 19th century, the Brazilian naval industry was well established regionally, thanks to the efforts of the Imperial Navy, which encouraged naval companies and the navy's own establishments. In the period between 1865 and 1890, the Arsenal of the Court lived its apogee, when it reached a level of development similar to the largest shipyards the world's largest shipyards at that time.[44]

Some vessels of the Imperial Navy

Class Type Origin In Service Per unit (Name) Photo Displacement

(in metric tons)

Dom Pedro ISchooner Kingdom of Portugal1822-1824Participated in the War of Independence.
Maria TeresaSchooner Kingdom of Portugal1822–1827Participated in the Brazilian War of Independence and the Cisplatine War.
Vasco da GamaShip of the Line Kingdom of Portugal1822–1826Participated in the Brazilian War of Independence.
Pedro IShip of the Line Kingdom of Portugal1822–1827Participated in the Brazilian War of Independence, its commander was Thomas Cochrane, Marquis of Maranhão.
NictheroyFrigate Kingdom of Portugal1822–1836It was the first flagship of the Brazilian fleet, with notable achievements in the Brazilian War of Independence and the Cisplatine War.
LiberalCorvette Kingdom of Portugal1823–1844It was part of the Portuguese colonial fleet. The Brazilian Imperial Navy had outstanding performance in the Brazilian War of Independence and the Cisplatine War.
Maria da GlóriaClipper/Corvette USA1823–1830It was part of the Portuguese colonial fleet until 1823 when it was incorporated by the newly formed Brazilian navy. It participated in the Brazilian War of Independence. In the Cisplatine War it stood out in the naval battle of Quilmes where it destroyed the Argentine frigate 25 de Mayo .
RealBrig Kingdom of Portugal1823–1827It was part of the Portuguese colonial fleet, later captured by the Brazilians. Being actively involved in the Brazilian War of Independence and the Cisplatine War.
OrientalSchooner Empire of Brazil1823–1827It participated in the Cisplatine War. In 1827 it was captured by the Argentines.
Dona JanuáriaSchooner Empire of Brazil1823–1845Participated in the Cisplatine War. In 1827 it was captured by the Argentines and renamed Ocho Febrero. In 1828, during the naval battle of Arregui, it was recaptured by the Empire of Brazil.
ImperatrizFrigate Empire of Brazil1824–1836Participated in the Cisplatine War. During the conflict it excelled in repelling the attacks of the Argentine navy
BertiogaSchooner Kingdom of Portugal1825–1827Captured by the Argentines in the Battle of Juncal.
ConstituiçãoFrigate USA1826–18801,768[45]Participated in the Cisplatine War. Seized two Argentine privateers during the conflict.
AbaetéSchooner Empire of Brazil1839–1841It was part of the naval force which operated in the Cabanagem revolt.
CalíopeBrig Empire of Brazil1839–1860194[46]On 17 December 1851 it participated in the Battle of the Tonelero Pass.
AméliaFrigate Empire of Brazil1840–1859594.
Dona FranciscaCorvette Empire of Brazil1845–1860637[47]On 17 December 1851 it participated in the battle of the Tonelero Pass.
Dom AfonsoFrigate United Kingdom1848–1853900[48]It was the fleet's flagship during the Battle of The Tonelero Pass in the Platine War. Sank in 1853.
Dom Pedro IICorvette Empire of Brazil1850–1861Took part in the Battle of The Tonelero Pass. Sank in 1861.
RecifeCorvette United Kingdom1850–1880It was the flagship of a fleet during the Battle of the Tonelero Pass in the Platine War.
BahianaCorvette Empire of Brazil1851–1893972[49]In 1851 it was sent to Montevideo to join Admiral Grenfell's squad in the Platine War. It was set on fire and destroyed during the 1893 Armada Revolt.
AmazonasFrigate United Kingdom1852–18971,800[50]It had a relevant participation in the Paraguayan War. It was seriously damaged during the Naval Revolt in 1897.
YpirangaGunboat Empire of Brazil1854–1880350[51]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
BeberibeCorvette United Kingdom1854–1869559[52]Participated in the Paraguayan War. It had an important participation in the naval battle of Riachuelo and in the passage of the fortress of Humaitá.
BelmonteCorvette France1856–1876602[53]Participated in the Platine War and the Paraguayan War.
JequitinhonhaCorvette United Kingdom1854–1865637[54]Participated in the Paraguayan War. During the naval Battle of Riachuelo, it ran under enemy batteries, having to be abandoned by its crew. Not being able to get away from the shore, it was set on fire by the crew.
ParnahybaCorvette France1858–1868602[55]Participated in the Uruguayan War and the Paraguayan War. Special participation in the Siege of Paysandú.
AnhambaíGunboat Empire of Brazil1858–1865Participated in the Paraguayan War, being captured by Paraguayan warships in January 1865.
AraguariGunboat United Kingdom1858–1882400[56]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
IvahyGunboat United Kingdom1858–1870400[57]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
IguatemiCorvette United Kingdom1858–1882400[58]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
BrasilIronclad Empire of Brazil1865–18901,518[59]Participated in the Paraguayan War. It was damaged in the Battle of Curuzú.
Mariz e Barros-class ironcladIronclad United Kingdom1865–1897
1865 – 1885
1 - Mariz e Barros
2 - Herval
Participated in the Paraguayan War.
TamandaréIronclad Empire of Brazil1865–1879775[62]Participated in the Paraguayan War. It was damaged in the Battle of Curupayty.
BarrosoIronclad Empire of Brazil1866–18821,354[63]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
Rio de JaneiroIronclad Empire of Brazil1865–1866874[64]Participated in the Paraguayan War. Sank after hitting two contact mines in the Battle of Curupayty.
Cabral-class ironcladIronclad United Kingdom1865–1880
1865 – 1880
1 - Cabral
2 - Colombo
Participated in the Paraguayan War.
Lima BarrosIronclad Empire of Brazil1866–19051,705[67]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
SilvadoIronclad Empire of Brazil1866–18802,350[68]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
BahiaMonitor United Kingdom1866–1882928[69]Participated in the Paraguayan War.
Pará-class monitorMonitor Empire of Brazil1866–1884
1866 – 1907
1867 – 1900
1868 – 1893
1868 – 1884
1868 – 1882
1 - Pará
2 - Rio Grande
3 - Alagoas
4 - Piauí
5 - Ceará
6 - Santa Catharina
490 tonParticipated in the Paraguayan War.
RiachueloBattleship United Kingdom1883–19105,700[70]
Afonso Celso ClassGunboat Brazil1882–19001 - Afonso Celso
2 - Trindade
Torpedo-boat Class ITorpedoboat United Kingdom1882–1900Nº 1
Nº 2
Nº 3
Nº 4
Nº 5
Alfa ClassTorpedoboat United Kingdom1883–18991 - Alfa
2 - Beta
3 - Gama
MarajóGunboat Empire of Brazil1885–1893430[72]Participated in the Naval Revolt on the side of the Rebel Fleet. In 1893 it was set on fire by loyalist troops.
Imperial MarinheiroCruiser Empire of Brazil1884–1887726[73]Sank in 1887.
AquidabãBattleship United Kingdom1885–19065,029[74]Took part in Naval Revolt on the side of the Rebel Fleet, being damaged by torpedoes in the naval battle of Anhatomirim, off the coast of Santa Catarina. Sank in 1906.
IniciadoraGunboat Empire of Brazil1885–1907268[75]
Almirante BarrosoCruiser Empire of Brazil1884–18932,050[76]Sank in 1893 during a circumnavigation voyage.
Javary-class monitorMonitor France1873–1893
1875 – 1893
1 - Javari
2 - Solimões
The two joined the Rebel Fleet during the Naval Revolt, Javary was sunk by the coastal artillery near the Fort Villegaignon.
TrajanoCruiser Empire of Brazil1873–19061,414[79]Joined the Rebel Fleet during the Naval Revolt.
Sete de SetembroBattleship Empire of Brazil1874–18932,174[80]Joined the Rebel Fleet during the Naval Revolt, sunk in combat in 1893.

See also


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  45. Fragata Constituição
  46. Brigue Escuna Calíope
  47. Corveta Dona Francisca
  48. Fragata a Vapor Afonso
  49. Corveta Bahiana
  50. Fragata a Vapor Amazonas
  51. Canhoneira Ipiranga
  52. Corveta Beberibe
  53. Corveta Belmonte
  54. Corveta a Vapor/Canhoneira a Vapor Jequitinhonha
  55. Corveta Mita a Hélice Parnahyba
  56. Canhoneira Mista Araguari
  57. Canhoneira Mista Ivahy
  58. Canhoneira Mista Iguatemy
  59. Corveta Encouraçada Brasil
  60. Corveta Encouraçada Mariz e Barros
  61. Corveta Encouraçada Herval
  62. Encouraçado de Bateria Central Tamandaré
  63. Encouraçado Barroso
  64. Encouraçado Rio de Janeiro
  65. Encouraçado Cabral
  66. Encouraçado Colombo
  67. Monitor Encouraçado Lima Barros
  68. Monitor Encouraçado Silvado
  69. Monitor Encouraçado Bahia
  70. Encouraçado de Esquadra Riachuelo
  71. Canhoneira Afonso Celso
  72. Canhoneira Marajó
  73. Cruzador Imperial Marinheiro
  74. Encouraçado de Esquadra Aquidabã
  75. Canhoneira Iniciadora
  76. Cruzador Almirante Barroso
  77. Monitor de Oceano Javary
  78. Monitor de Oceano Solimões
  79. Corveta Mista Cruzador Navio Escola Trajano
  80. Encouraçado Sete de Setembro


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