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HMS Britannia Chambers mg 0529.jpg
HMS Britannia entering Portsmouth harbour, by George Hyde Chambers
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Britannia
Ordered: 6 November 1812
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Laid down: December 1813
Launched: 20 October 1820
Fate: Broken up, 1869
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Caledonia-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 2616 tons (2658 tonnes)
Length: 205 ft (62 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 53 ft 6 in (16.31 m)
Depth of hold: 23 ft 2 in (7.06 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

120 guns:

  • Gundeck: 32 × 32 pdrs
  • Middle gundeck: 34 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 34 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 6 × 12 pdrs, 10 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Forecastle: 2 × 12 pdrs, 2 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Poop deck: 6 × 18 pdr carronades

HMS Britannia was a 120-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1813 and launched on 20 October 1820.[1]

Commissioned in 1823, she saw service in the Mediterranean from 1830-1 and in 1841. She was decommissioned in 1843, before returning to service for the Crimean War, serving as flagship of Admiral Sir James Deans Dundas, commanding the British fleet in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from 1851-4.

She returned to England at the beginning of 1855 and that year became a hospital ship at Portsmouth, then a cadet training ship in 1859.[1] She was moved to Portland in 1862, then Dartmouth in 1863.

She was finally sold for scrapping in 1869.[1] Her place at Dartmouth was taken by HMS Prince of Wales, which was renamed Britannia for the role.

Generations of naval officers had their first taste of the navy aboard the two Britannias. Alumni included John Fisher, Percy Scott, John Jellicoe, Roger Keyes, William Boyle, Augustus Agar and King George V.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 187.


  • 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.
  • Lyon, David and Winfield, Rif (2004) The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing, London. ISBN 1-86176-032-9.


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