HMS Wellesley (1815)
HMS Wellesley (1815)

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NameWellesley (1815)Explanation
TypeThird rate   
Launched24 February 1815
Builders measure1746 tons
Ships book
Note1854 guard ship.
1868 = Cornwall, t.s.
1940.09.24 sunk in Thames by air attack
Snippets concerning this vessels career
24 August 1825
- 12 February 1827
Commanded by Captain Gordon Thomas Falcon, flagship of Sir George Eyre, South America
19 June 1837Commanded by Captain Thomas Maitland, flagship of Rear-Admiral Frederick Lewis Maitland, then Commodore Sir James John Gordon Bremer, then Rear-Admiral Sir William Parker, East Indies (including the first Anglo-Chinese war)
(January 1843)Out of commission at Plymouth
6 January 1848
- 23 June 1851
Commanded by Captain George Goldsmith, flagship of Vice-Admiral Earl of Dundonald , North America and West Indies
2 May 1854
- 2 June 1854
Commanded by Captain Peter Richards, guard ship of Ordinary, Chatham
14 June 1854Commanded by Captain Christopher Wyvill, guard ship of Ordinary, Chatham
22 March 1856
- 18 April 1861
Commanded by Captain George Goldsmith, guard ship of Ordinary, Chatham and Sperintendant of Chatham Yard
17 April 1861
- 18 November 1863
Commanded by Captain Edward Gennys Fanshawe, Chatham, Guard Ship of Ordinary, and Training Ship (and Captain-Superintendent of Chatham dockyard)
3 January 1866Commanded by Captain William Houston Stewart, guard ship of ordinary, Chatham
1868Renamed Cornwall
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 4 October 1852


It is reported here that Her Majesty has graciously signified her pleasure that the name of the leviathan line-of-battle ship Windsor Castle, 140, shall be chanced to that of "The Duke of Wellington," in token of Her Majesty's high esteem for the memory of that lamented hero. This resolve on the part of the Queen will be universally applauded, as we have nothing bearing the name of the deceased but two wretched old 74's (the Wellington and Wellesley).

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