HMS Wellington (1816)

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Wellington
History
Royal Navy EnsignUK
Name: HMS Hero
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Laid down: July 1813
Launched: 21 September 1816
Renamed: HMS Wellington, 4 December 1816
Fate: Sold, 1908
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Vengeur-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1756 bm
Length: 176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 12 pdrs, 10 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Forecastle: 2 × 12 pdrs, 2 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Poop deck: 6 × 18 pdr carronades

HMS Wellington was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 21 September 1816 at Deptford Dockyard.[1]

The ship had originally been named HMS Hero, but was renamed Wellington on 4 December 1816. She became a training ship in 1862, and Wellington was eventually sold out of the Navy in 1908.[1]

In 1826, HMS Wellington introduced mosquitos to the Hawaiian islands. These mosquitoes were introduced to a stream on Maui when sailors seeking fresh water rinsed out their water barrels in the stream. Prior to this, no mosquitoes lived in Hawaii.[2]

Fate[edit]

Wellington was converted to a training ship and named Akbar on 10 May 1862. She served in that capacity until 1908. She arrived at Thos W Ward, Morecambe on 8 April 1908 for breaking up.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery (2003), p.189.
  2. ^ Patterson, Gordon. The Mosquito Crusades: A History of the American Anti-Mosquito Movement from the Reed Commission to the First Earth Day. Rutgers University Press. Retrieved 5 April 2011.

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003). The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.