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HMS Royal William (1833)

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Name  HMS Royal William
Laid down  October 1825
Tons burthen  2694 bm
Launched  2 April 1833
Ordered  30 December 1823
Fate  Burnt, 1899
Construction started  October 1825
Builder  Pembroke Dockyard
Class and type  Broadened Caledonia-class ship of the line

HMS Royal William was a 120-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 2 April 1833 at Pembroke Dock.

She was fitted with screw propulsion in 1860. Royal William was destroyed by a fire in July 1899, near New Ferry, on the Wirral. She had been lent to the Liverpool Roman Catholic Reformatory Society, who renamed the ship Clarence.

The figurehead of the Royal William (in its original state) was for many years placed beside the historic 1775 Mutton Cove "covered slip number 1" in Plymouth harbour. In the 1990s it was replaced by a fibreglass copy, the wooden original is now preserved in Devonport dockyard (link).


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