She was built in England being launched in 1885. Displacement 5,000 tons; lenght: 86.40m. She took part of the Rebellion of the Fleet, having been torpedoed and disabled by Torpedo-boat Gustavo Sampaio at the dawn of April 16th, 1894, near Island of Santa Catarina. She was repaired when the Rebellion was over and once more put on active duty, showing the same imposing and vigorous silhouette which inspired her nickname "Steel Lion"
After taken part in many rebelions ocurred during the Brazilian history, finally she blown up and sunk on January 21, 1906 in Jacuacanga Bay, Angra dos Reis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after strong accidental explosion in the ammunition deposit at 10:45pm killing 212 men between officers and crew, including three Admirals.
This memorial is dedicated to the sailors that lost their lives in this wreck that collapsed one of more important fire units of the Brazilian Navy.
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