The Turtle Ship (also known as Geobukseon or Kobukson by its Korean name)[거북선] was a type of large warship belonging to the Panokseon class in Korea that was used by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon Dynasty from the early 15th century up until the 19th century. It is considered the world's first armored warship.
Over the cause of time, there were many versions of the Turtle ship. Korean admiral 이순신 (Ee Sun-shin) is credited with designing and building the craft known today. His turtle ships were equipped with at least five different types of cannon. The turtle ship's most distinguishable feature was a fully covered deck that was shielded to deflect cannon fire with iron spikes to discourage enemy men from attempting to board the ship.
Turtle ships are famous for participating in numerous victories against Japanese naval forces that supported Toyotomi Hideyoshi's attempts to conquer Korea from 1592-8, inflicting heavy losses.
Turtle Ship in Days of Infamy Edit
After the Second Battle of the North Pacific ended with the US Navy destroying the Akagi, Shokaku, and Zuikaku, effectively whiping out half of Japan's Fleet Carrier force, Lt. Saburo Shindo was devastated. He likened it to the humiliating defeat that the Imperial Japanese Navy suffered at the hands of the Korean Turtle Ships at the end of the 16th century.