Kobukson

While their is some regarding the claim of it being the first ironclad, the Kobukson, also known as the Turtle Ship was certainly an interesting approach to ship design in Korea in the 1500s – pity the poor boarding parties who ventured onto the straw mats atop the ship only to find that they were camouflage for sharply pointed metal spikes covering its turtle shaped hull –

See:

http://www.koreanhero.net/en/TurtleShip.htm

http://www.tabula-rasa.info/JamesAdams/treasure_trove/koreanTurtle/korean_ts.htm

The 2nd link  has an image of the cannons used on these ships – they shot giant metal tipped arrows …!

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