HMS Berwick (1809)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Berwick
Ordered: 1 July 1807
Builder: Perry, Blackwall
Laid down: October 1807
Launched: 11 September 1809
Fate: Broken up, 1821
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Vengeur-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1761 (bm)
Length: 176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns

Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
QD: 4 × 12-pounder guns + 10 × 32-pounder carronades
Fc: 2 × 12-pounder guns + 2 × 32-pounder carronades

Poop deck: 6 × 18-pounder guns carronades

HMS Berwick was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 11 September 1809 at Blackwall.[1]

Career[edit]

At the Action of 24 March 1811, Berwick under Captain James Macnamara led the pursuit and destruction of the French frigate Amazone near the Phare de Gatteville lighthouse, Normandy. One sailor was killed in the engagement.[2]

Before the fall of Genoa in April 1814, the boats of Berwick and Rainbow, together with two Sicilian gunboats, attacked French posts near the pass of Rona on 8 and 10 April to assist the British army in its advance. The British drove of the French defenders, who left behind two 24-pounder guns and two mortars. The British lost two men killed and five wounded.[3]

Fate[edit]

Berwick was broken up in 1821.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 188.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16469. p. 573. 26 March 1811.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16897. p. 984. 10 May 1814.

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.