- Nov 10, 2006
It's certainly useful, but my skepticism of its utility against a British blockade is large. British warships mount 68 pounder (and larger) weapons as a matter of course, and these would be more than powerful enough to punch through chainclad vessels.
Indeed, the chains likely didn't prevent a single penetration by 32 lb shells at Cherbourg. All such hits cut the chain and the shell functioned correctly, although in one case the fuse was too short and the shell detonated halfway through the hull rather than inside.
Everyone knew it was a Hail Mary, but better than nothing.