HMS Majestic (1853)

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John J Lee - Sweethearts and Wives - Google Art Project.jpg
Sweethearts and Wives by John Lee, depicting sailors heading out to duty on HMS Majestic (visible in the upper right) in 1860, when it served as part of the port defences of Liverpool.[1]
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Name: HMS Majestic
Builder: Chatham dockyard
Launched: 1 December 1853
Fate: Broken up, 1868
General characteristics
Class and type: Second rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 2589 tons
Length: 190 ft (58 m)
Beam: 57 ft (17 m)
Propulsion: Sails and screw
  • 80 guns:
  • 12 × 8 in
  • 68 × 32 pdrs[2]

HMS Majestic was the second ship to bear the name. She was an 80-gun second rate ship of the line, built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on 1 December 1853. She spent 12 years on the stocks beforehand.[2] She was fitted with both sail and screw propulsion. She served in the Crimean War, and acted as part of Liverpool's harbour defences from 1860–66, during which time she was noted for blocking two ships commissioned by the American Confederacy from leaving Laird's Shipyard in Birkenhead.[1][3] She was eventually broken up in 1868 after 15 years in service.[2]

Majestic becalmed in the Baltic, 1854[4]


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  2. ^ a b c Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
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