Canopus-class ship of the line

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For the class of pre-dreadnought battleships, see Canopus-class battleship.
HMS Vengeance.jpg
HMS Vengeance, a Canopus-class ship of the line
Class overview
Name: Canopus-class ship of the line
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: None
Succeeded by: Vanguard class
In service: 10 November 1821 - 1929
Completed: 9
General characteristics
Type: Ship of the line
Length:

193 ft 10 in (59.08 m) (gundeck)

160 ft 2 58 in (48.835 m) (keel)
Beam: 52 ft 4 12 in (15.964 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament:

84 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders, 2 × 68-pounder carronades
  • Upper gundeck: 32 × 24-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 6 × 24-pounders, 10 × 32-pounder carronades
  • Forecastle: 2 × 24-pounders, 4 × 32-pounder carronades
Notes: Ships in class include: Ganges, Asia, Vengeance, Formidable, Powerful, Clarence, Bombay, Thunderer, Monarch

The Canopus-class ships of the line were a class of nine 84-gun two-deck second rates of the Royal Navy. Their design was based on an enlarged version of the lines of the captured French ship Franklin, since commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Canopus, although this ship herself was not included as a member of the class. The earlier ships were initially ordered as 80-gun third rates, but this classification was altered by changes in the rating system in February 1817. This class of ships is sometimes referred to as the Formidable class.

Ships[edit]

Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Ordered: 8 May 1815
Launched: 19 May 1825
Fate: Sold, 1906
Builder: Bombay Dockyard
Ordered: 4 June 1816
Launched: 10 November 1821
Fate: Sold, 1929
Builder: Bombay Dockyard
Ordered: 22 April 1819
Launched: 19 January 1824
Fate: Sold, 1908
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Ordered: 23 January 1817
Launched: 27 July 1824
Fate: Sold, 1897
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Ordered: 23 January 1817
Launched: 21 June 1826
Fate: Broken up, 1864
Builder: Pembroke Dockyard
Ordered: 27 May 1819
Launched: 25 July 1827
Fate: Burnt, 1884
Builder: Bombay Dockyard
Ordered: 26 January 1825
Launched: 17 February 1828
Fate: Burnt, 1864
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Ordered: 23 January 1817
Launched: 22 September 1831
Fate: Sold, 1901
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Ordered: 23 July 1817
Launched: 18 December 1832
Fate: Broken up, 1866

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (1984). The Ship of the Line: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8. 
  • Lyon, David; Winfield, Rif (2004). The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy, 1815-1889. Chatham Pub. ISBN 978-1-86176-032-6.