Trincomalee in her current location in Hartlepool
|Ordered:||30 October 1812|
|Laid down:||25 April 1816|
|Launched:||12 October 1817|
|Out of service:||1986|
|Status:||Museum ship, Hartlepool, England|
|Class & type:||Leda-class frigate|
|Tons burthen:||1065.63 bm|
|Length:||150 ft 4.5 in (45.834 m) (gundeck)
125 ft 7.25 in (38.2841 m) (keel)
|Beam:||39 ft 11.25 in (12.1730 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||315 officers and men|
38-guns: (classed as 46 as carronades were counted in armament from 1817)
1812 - 1847
The Trincomalee is one of two surviving British frigates of her era — her near-sister HMS Unicorn (of the modified Leda class) is now a museum ship in Dundee. After being ordered on 30 October 1812, the Trincomalee was built in Bombay, India by the Wadia family  of shipwrights in teak, due to oak shortages in Britain as a result of shipbuilding drives for the Napoleonic Wars. The ship was named Trincomalee after the 1782 Battle of Trincomalee off the Ceylon (Sri Lanka) port of that name.
With a construction cost of £23,000, Trincomalee was launched on 12 October 1817. Soon after completion she was sailed to Portsmouth Dockyard where she arrived on 30 April 1819, with a journey costing £6,600.
After being fitted out at a further cost of £2,400, Trincomalee was placed in reserve until 1845, when she was re-armed with fewer guns giving greater firepower, had her stern reshaped and was reclassified as a sixth-rate spar-decked corvette.
1847 - 1857
Trincomalee departed from Portsmouth in 1847 and remained in service for ten years, serving on the North American and West Indies station. During her time, she was to help quell riots in Haiti and stop a threatened invasion of Cuba, and serve on anti-slavery patrol. In 1849, she was despatched to Newfoundland and Labrador before being recalled to Britain in 1850. In 1852 she sailed to join the Pacific Squadron on the west coast of America.
Trincomalee finished her Royal Navy service as a training ship, but was placed in reserve again in 1895 and sold for scrap two years later on 19 May 1897. She was then purchased by entrepreneur George Wheatley Cobb, restored, and renamed Foudroyant in honour of HMS Foudroyant, his earlier ship that had been wrecked in 1897.
She was used in conjunction with HMS Implacable as an accommodation ship, a training ship, and a holiday ship based in Falmouth then Portsmouth. She remained in service until 1986, after which she was again restored and renamed back to Trincomalee in 1992.
Media related to HMS Trincomalee at Wikimedia Commons
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- Historical Maritime Society
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- Andrew Lambert - Trincomalee: the last of Nelson’s frigates, Chatham Publishing, 2002, ISBN 1-86176-186-4
- HMS Trincomalee official website
- Royal Naval Museum information sheet: HMS Foudroyant and HMS Trincomalee
- YouTube Channel Online video resource set up by Hartlepool College, which features short films about the history, culture and current activities of the town, including the Tall Ships Race 2010 and several featuring HMS Trincomalee
- The perfecting of the wooden man-of-war in the context of early 19th century international politics
- Current location on Wikimapia