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NameCambridge (launched as Windsor Castle)Explanation
Type1st rate TypeThree-decker
Launched26 August 1858 Converted to screwon the stocks
HullWooden Length204 feet
PropulsionScrew Men930
Builders measure3101 tons   
Displacement4971 tons   
Guns116   
Fate1908 Last in commission-
Class    
Ships bookADM 135/75   
Career
DateEvent
 Never fitted for sea.
6 January 1855= Windsor Castle (laid down as Victoria).
26 August 1858Launched at Pembroke Dockyard.
(1860)Devonport
January 1869Renamed Cambridge, gunnery training ship, Portsmouth, replacing 3rd rate sailing ship Cambridge (1815-1869).
January 1869
- May 1871
Commanded by Captain Fitzgerald Algernon Charles Foley, gunnery ship, Devonport
12 August 1877Commanded by Captain Thomas Le Hunte Ward, gunnery ship, Devonport (tenders: Gorgon, Plucky and Sabrina)
15 August 1883
- 25 August 1886
Commanded by Captain George Stanley Bosanquet, gunnery ship, Devonport
(1890)Gunnery ship, Devonport. Includes officers borne for Foudroyant and Perseus. Tenders: Bonetta, Bulldog, Cuckoo, Hecate, Plucky, Sabrina and Snap.
24 June 1908Sold to Cox for breaking up at Falmouth.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Th 13 September 1860The following ships and gunboats in the first-class steam reserve could be got ready for the pendant at a short notice:- The Windsor Castle, 100; the Revenge, 91; the Orlando, 60; the Forth, 12; the Seahorse, 12; the Merlin, 6; and the Hyena, the Gleaner, the Nightingale, the Steady, the Spider, the Delight, the Goldfinch, the Charon, and the Lark. The following, in Keyham steam yard, are in a forward state:- The Howe, 121; the Gibraltar, 101; the Brunswick, 80; the Phoebe, 51; the Narcissus, 51; the Jason, 21; and the Desperate, 8.

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