HMS Exmouth (1854)
|Ordered:||12 March 1840|
|Laid down:||13 September 1841|
|Launched:||12 July 1854|
|Commissioned:||15 March 1855|
|Out of service:||Lent to Metropolitan Asylums Board as a training ship in 1877|
|Fate:||Sold for breaking up on 4 April 1905|
|Class and type:||Albion-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||3,083 tons|
|Length:||243 ft (74 m) (overall)|
|Beam:||60 ft 2.5 in (18.352 m)|
|Depth of hold:||23 ft 8 in (7.21 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Complement:||830 officers and men|
Exmouth was ordered as a 90-gun sailing ship from Devonport Dockyard in 1841, but was ordered to be converted to operate under steam propulsion on 30 October 1852. The conversion began on 20 June 1853 and Exmouth was finally launched on 12 July 1854. She fitted out at Devonport Dockyard, finally being commissioned for service on 15 March 1855, having cost a total of £146,067, with £76,379 being spent on the hull as a sailing ship, and a further £24,620 spent on the machinery.
In 1855 she served in the Baltic Sea as flagship of Sir Michael Seymour. She was a guard ship at Devonport by 1859, when future admiral Robert Spencer Robinson was her captain between 1 February 1858 and May 1859. Exmouth was lent to the Metropolitan Asylums Board to serve as a training ship in 1877. According to a paper read at the Central Poor Law Conference in February 1904 these ships were recommended for boys supervised by the poor law authorities as an economic means of providing them with a career which also benefited the country. She was sold to George Cohen on 4 April 1905 and then broken up at Penarth.
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