Fame-class ship of the line

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HMS York (1807) as a prison ship.jpg
The HMS York was one of the second batch of Fame class ships of the line.
Class overview
Name: Fame
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Courageux class
Succeeded by: Repulse class
In service: 17 June 1802 – 1868
Completed: 9
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Type: Ship of the line
Length:

Fame:
175 ft (53.3 m) (gundeck)
144 ft (43.9 m) (keel)

Rest of first batch:
175 ft (53.3 m) (gundeck)
144 ft 1⅝ in (43.9 m) (keel)

Second batch:
175 ft 6 in (53.5 m) (gundeck)

144 ft 4⅝ in (44.0 m) (keel)
Beam:

Fame:
47 ft 8 in (12.7 m)

Rest of first batch:
47 ft 6 in (12.6 m)

Second batch:

47 ft 9½ in (12.8 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament:

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders
Notes: Ships in class include: Albion, Hero, Illustrious, Fame, Marlborough, York, Sultan, Royal Oak, Hannibal

The Fame-class ships of the line were a class of four 74-gun third rates, designed for the Royal Navy by Sir John Henslow. After the name-ship of the class was ordered in October 1799, the design was slightly altered before the next three ships were ordered in February 1800. A second batch of five ships was ordered in 1805 to a slightly further modified version of the original draught.

Ships[edit]

First batch[edit]

Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Ordered: 15 October 1799
Laid down: 22 January 1802
Launched: 8 October 1805
Fate: Broken up, 1817
Builder: Perry, Blackwall Yard
Ordered: 4 February 1800
Laid down: June 1800
Launched: 17 June 1802
Fate: Broken up, 1836
Builder: Perry, Blackwall Yard
Ordered: 4 February 1800
Laid down: August 1800
Launched: 18 August 1803
Fate: Wrecked, 1811
Builder: Randall & Brent, Rotherhithe
Ordered: 4 February 1800
Laiddown: February 1801
Launched: 3 September 1803
Fate: Broken up, 1868

Second batch[edit]

Builder: Mrs Barnard, Deptford Wharf
Ordered: 31 January 1805
Laid down: August 1805
Launched: 22 June 1807
Fate: Broken up, 1835
Builder: Brent, Rotherhithe
Ordered: 31 January 1805
Laid down: August 1805
Launched: 7 July 1807
Fate: Broken up, 1854
Builder: Dudman, Deptford Wharf
Ordered: 31 January 1805
Laid down: December 1805
Launched: 19 September 1807
Fate: Broken up, 1864
Builder: Adams, Bucklers Hard
Ordered: 31 January 1805
Laid down: December 1805
Launched: May 1810
Fate: Broken up, 1833
Builder: Dudman, Deptford Wharf
Ordered: 31 January 1805
Laid down: June 1806
Launched: 4 March 1809
Fate: Broken up, 1850

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line – Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650–1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
  • Winfield, Rif (2008) British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1793 – 1817. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84415-717-4.