HMS Asia (1811)
Watercolor by an unidentified artist, depicting the ship at Malta.
|Ordered:||13 July 1807|
|Laid down:||February 1808|
|Launched:||2 December 1811|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1865|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Vengeur-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1763 (bm)|
|Length:||176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)|
|Depth of hold:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
War of 1812
Asia was off Chesapeake Bay in July 1814. The Royal Marine Artillery company of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Marines were ferried from Bermuda to the Chesapeake aboard Asia, via HMS Tonnant. During the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Asia was moored off Baltimore, along with Seahorse, Severn and Surprise. Asia was among Admiral Alexander Cochrane's fleet moored off New Orleans at the start of 1815. In support of the attack on New Orleans, 107 Royal Marines from Asia were disembarked.
In 1828 Asia was reduced to a 50-gun ship, and was eventually broken up in 1865.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 188.
- Crawford, pp129, quoting a letter from Alexander Cochrane to George Cockburn dated 1 July 1814: 'I send you HMS Asia & Aetna Bomb with the 3 Troop Ships named in the margin (HMS Regulus, HMS Melpomene and HMS Brune) having on board the 3rd Battalion of Marines [and its Artillery Company] '
- Crawford, pp146-7, quoting the postscript of a letter from Joshua Barney dated 13 July 1814, mentions that HMS Asia and 'two frigates (en flûte) with several small vessels have passed by point look out'
- Crawford (ed), p152, quoting a Letter from George Cockburn to Robert Barrie
- Crawford (ed), p273, quoting a Letter from Cockburn to Ross dated 12 September 1814
- "Battles fought in Alabama/Old Southwest, Units Participating and Casualties". Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Ship muster for HMS Asia June 1814 - Feb 1815. UK National Archives reference ADM 37/5010
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