HMS Prince George (1772)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Prince George
Ordered: 11 June 1766
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 18 May 1767
Launched: 31 August 1772
Honours and
awards:

Participated in:

Fate: Broken up, 1839
Notes: Sheer hulk from 1832
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Barfleur-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1955 tons (1986.4 tonnes)
Length: 177 ft 6 in (54.10 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 50 ft 3 in (15.32 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 750 officers and men
Armament:

90 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Middle gundeck: 30 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 12 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs


98 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Middle gundeck: 30 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarter deck: 8 × 12 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs

HMS Prince George was a 90-gun second rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 31 August 1772 at Chatham. During her career, she was upgraded to a 98-gun ship, through the addition of eight 12 pdr guns to her quarterdeck.[1]

In 1780, Prince George was part of Rodney's fleet at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. She took part in the Battle of the Saintes in 1782, and the Battle of Groix in 1795.

Following the concern in Britain that neutral Denmark was entering an alliance with Napoleon, Prince George, under Captain Woodley Losack, sailed in the squadron in the expedition to occupy the Danish West Indies, with the squadron under the command of Rear-Admiral Alexander Cochrane. The squadron captured the Telemaco, Carvalho and Master on 17 April 1807.[2]

Prince George was converted to serve as a sheer hulk in 1832, and was broken up in 1839.[1]

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p179.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16236. p. 330. 11 March 1809.

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.