I agree Norm,
Electric motors must have been few and far between in 1890, and pretty rudimentary and feeble. Doubt they had the guts to lift much.
I reckon they used lots of bods on the ropes.
Or Royal's tip of a central or under-deck steam winch.
I can't see any machinery under or around the boats and they surely wouldn't want to hamper the secondary gun crews with deck clutter.
Don't forget that the davits can be swivelled to turn the boats outboard!
Clearly visible in some of the photos showing some in some out.
Not sure how that worked though!?🤕
Carry on CPO, good work so far👍
Cheers, FLEET// 😎