HMS Vindictive (1813)
|Ordered:||15 January 1806|
|Laid down:||July 1808|
|Launched:||30 November 1813|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Vengeur-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1758 bm|
|Length:||176 ft 2 in (53.70 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 8.5 in (14.542 m)|
|Depth of hold:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
Vindictive was the lead ship of the 40-vessel Vengeur class, indeed she was ordered prior to the design for this class being finalised; however, she was delayed in construction and was not finished until December 1813. With the winding up of the Napoleonic War in prospect, she was not required for active service and was immediately placed in ordinary. She was not to be commissioned for service until September 1841.
Between 1828 and 1833 the Vindictive - still uncommissioned - was reduced to a 50-gun fourth-rate ship, and she was brought into service in that capacity. She was laid up in Ordinary again in June 1848 at Portsmouth. In 1861 she was fitted as a storeship by White of Cowes, and in 1862 she then proceeded to Fernando Po where she took up that role. She foundered there in July 1871, the wreck being sold to be broken up on 24 November 1871.
- Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1793-1817, p. 79.
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