HMS Royal George (1827)
HMS Royal George (1827)

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NameRoyal George (1827)Explanation
TypeFirst rate TypeThree-decker
Launched (Sail)22 September 1827 Converted to screw22 June 1853
HullWooden Length206 feet
PropulsionSail Men950
Builders measure2616 tons Builders measure (as screw)2616 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)4205 tons
Guns120 Guns (as screw)120
Fate1875 Last in commission1869
Ships bookADM 135/408   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
22 September 1827Launched as 1st rate sailing ship at Chatham Dockyard.
January 1840Out of commission at Sheerness
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
22 June 1853Undocked as screw at Chatham Dockyard.
25 October 1853
- 13 February 1856
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain Henry John Codrington, the Baltic during the Russian War
13 January 1856
- 24 August 1856
Commanded (until paying off at Sheerness) by Captain Robert Spencer Robinson, troop transport from the Crimea
9 April 1858
- 1 July 1858
Commanded (from commissioning at Sheerness) by Captain John Coghlan Fitzgerald, guard ship of Ordinary, Sheerness, and Captain-Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard
1860Cut down to two-decker of 89 guns.
April 1864
- 3 April 1865
Commanded by Captain Michael De Courcy, Coast Guard, Kingstown (replacing Ajax)
7 April 1865
- 8 April 1868
Commanded by Captain Thomas Miller, Coast Guard, Kingstown (and in July 1867 to Spithead for Royal Review on the occasion of the visit of the Ottoman Sultan to Britain)
(January 1869)
- 31 December 1869
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Robert Jenkins, flagship of Henry Keppel, Coast Guard, Kingstown (and May 1869, cruise of the Reserve Fleet) until replaced by Pallas
31 December 1869Paid off (replaced at Kingstown by Pallas)
23 January 1875Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
We 31 December 1856The following ships and vessels are now in port at Sheerness, in harbour, fitting-basin, and in docks, viz.:- The Edinburgh, 60 guns, Captain Edward P. Halsted; the Waterloo, 120 guns, Captain Lord Frederick Kerr, flagship; the Formidable, 84 guns, Captain-Superintendent John Jervis Tucker; the Royal George, 102 guns; the Terrible, 21 guns; the new screw steam corvette Scylla. 21 guns; the Argus, 6 guns; the Eurotas, 12 guns, screw mortar-ship; the Hydra, 6 guns; the Terror, 14 guns, floating battery; the Horatio, 12 guns; the Russell, 60 guns; the Hawke, 60 guns, Captain James Willcox, C.B., &c.; the Phoenix, 6 guns.; the Renard, 6 guns; the Foxhound, 6 guns; the Pylades, 21 guns; the Trusty, 14 guns, floating battery; the new screw steam frigate Emerald, 51 guns; the Hermes, 6 guns, Commander William E.A. Gordon; the Lizard steamvessel, Lieutenant-Commander Thomas B. Christopher; the Myrtle steamvessel, Master-Commander William S. Bourchier; the African steamvessel, Second Master-Commander R. Harvey; the Fearless steamvessel; the Wildfire steam tender to Waterloo, Master-Commander George Brockman; the Melampus, 42 guns, Captain L. Heath, C. B., &c. The gunboats Louisa, Magnet, Erne, Mayflower, Ruby, Sandfly, Carnation, Spanker, Pelter, Fly, Hasty, Cochin, Julia, Dwarf, Fidget, Griper, Mastiff, Mistletoe, Traveller, Spey, Surly, Herring, Sepoy, Bullfrog, Tickler, Manly, Thistle, and the new screw steam despatch gunboat Nimrod. The new ship Meeanee, 80 guns, is in No. 2 dry dock, being altered to receive screw steam machinery.
Ma 10 May 1858All the artificers at Sheerness are to be henceforth, until further orders, put on what is termed job and task work on unlimited earnings, and all labourers now employed, whether on the establishment or temporarily hired, whose weekly wages do not amount to 14s. Per week, are to have their pay raised to that sum. All extra time to be paid for. Provisions and stores of every description are ordered to be forthwith taken on board the screw steam guard-ship of ordinary Royal George, 102 guns, Captain Superintendent John C. Fitzgerald, and the screw steam guardship of steam reserve Cressy, 80 guns, Captain Edward P. Halsted, &c. If required for immediate service they are ordered to be manned from the different Coastguard stations attached to their district. The ships now under fitment at Sheerness, in the fitting basin and in dry dock, are the Majestic screw steamship, 80 guns; the Colossus screw steamship, 80 guns; the new screw steamship Hero, 91 guns; the Terrible paddle-wheel steam frigate, 21 guns; the new screw steam frigate Emerald, 51 guns, and sundry gunboats.
We 8 September 1858The Commander-in-Chief at Sheerness, on the 6th inst. inspected the Colossus, 80 guns, the Royal George, 102 guns, the Emerald, 51 guns, and the Scout, 21 guns, all advanced screw steamships, an Admiralty order having been received to report what time wonld be required to get them ready for foreign service.

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