HMS Hannibal (1854)

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HMS Hannibal by Charles Thurston Thompson, Dec 1853.png
HMS Hannibal fitting for the Black Sea fleet, December 1853.
History
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Hannibal
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 31 January 1854
Reclassified: Hulked 1874
Fate: Sold 12 April 1904
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,136 tons
Tons burthen: 4,735 tons
Length: 217 ft (66 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Propulsion: Sails and screw
Armament:
  • 91 guns:
  • 34 × 8 in
  • 1 × 68 pdr
  • 56 × 32 pdr

HMS Hannibal was originally planned as a 90-gun second rate ship of the line, to be built at Woolwich Dockyard. She was ordered on 14 May 1840, but cancelled and re-ordered. This ship was also named HMS Hannibal, and utilised the new screw propulsion technology. She was a 91-gun second rate, built at Deptford Dockyard by Charles Willcox, Master Shipwright, and launched on 31 January 1854. She served in the Crimean War, commanded by John Charles Dalrymple Hay.

She was used to transport Garibaldi's soldiers in Italy. The ship arrived in Naples in July 1860. In November a smallpox epidemic broke out, and in ten days 90 men from this ship and at least one other had caught the disease. Seven of those who died were buried in the English Cemetery, Naples.[1]

She was hulked in 1874 and finally broken up in 1904, after 50 years in service.

Hannibal in Castles Yard, Charlton for scrapping

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Giancarlo Alisio, Il Cimitero degli Inglesi, Naples, 1993, ISBN 88-435-4520-5