HMS Britannia

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HMS Britannia patrolling the Bahamas.

Overview

Rating: 1st rate

Class: Invincible-class first-rate Ship of the Line

Shipyard: Wilmore Yards

Launched: August 31st 1721.

Status: In active service.

Armament

Total Guns: 108

Topdeck: 16 x 8lbs.

Upper Gundeck: 28 x 12lbs.

Middle Gundeck: 28 x 28lbs.

Gundeck: 32 x 40lbs.

Bow Chasers: 2 x 12lbs.

Stern Chasers: 4 x 36lbs.

Broadside Weight: 1264lbs.

Crew: 825.

Commanders

Current Captain: James Wilmore

Previous Captains: -

Notable Action

See Captain Wilmore's log to see notable action where HMS Britannia has taken part.

Port Battle History

Port Date Battle type Enemy Result
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HMS Britannia leaving port, bound for the Caribbean.

Historical Facts

HMS Britannia was a 100-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She was originally ordered on 25 April 1751 from Portsmouth Dockyard to the draught specified in the 1745 Establishment. Her keel was laid down on 1 July 1751 and she was launched on 19 October 1762. The cost of building and fitting totalled £45,844/2s/8d.

Britannia was first commissioned in September 1778, and saw service during the War of American Independence. From 1793–1795 she was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Hotham. She fought at the Battle of Cape St Vincent and at the Battle of Trafalgar, where she carried the flag of Rear-Admiral of the White William Carnegie, Earl of Northesk. She lost 10 men killed and 42 wounded at Trafalgar, and following that battle she was laid up in Ordinary in the Hamoaze at Plymouth in 1806. The ship was renamed on 6 January 1810 as HMS Princess Royal, then on 18 January 1812 as HMS St George and once more on 2 June 1819 as HMS Barfleur. She was third of seven ships to bear the name Britannia, and was broken up at Plymouth in February 1825. She was known as 'Old Ironsides' long before USS Constitution.


(Source: Wikipedia.)