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NameRoyal SovereignExplanation
Type1st rate TypeThree-decker
Launched25 April 1857 Converted to screwon the stocks
HullWooden Length241 feet
PropulsionScrew Men1100
Builders measure3765 tons   
Displacement6071 tons   
Guns131   
Fate1885 Last in commission-
Class  Class (as screw)Duke of Wellington
Ships bookADM 135/409   
Career
DateEvent
 Never fitted for sea as unarmoured ship.
25 April 1857Launched at Portsmouth Dockyard.
8 March 1864Convertion to ironclad turret ship, 4 turrets (5 guns), completed.
7 July 1864
- 14 October 1864
Commanded (from commissioning at Portsmouth) by Captain Sherard Osborn, Channel squadron
15 October 1864Tender to Excellent
(1 July 1865)
- 9 October 1866
Commanded (until paying off at Portsmouth) by Captain Frederick Anstruther Herbert, Channel squadron
9 October 1866Tender to Excellent
July 1867Commanded by Captain Cowper Phipps Coles, temporarily commissioned for the 1867 Naval review
3 September 1869Paid off
May 1885Sold for breaking up
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 28 September 1857The gear for the six sail of the line ordered to be prepared, as reported by our Portsmouth correspondent some time since, is nearly complete. The ships thus believed to be intended for the Channel fleet of next year are the following:-
 Guns.Horse power.
Duke of Wellington131700
Marlborough131800
Royal Sovereign131800
Victor Emmanuel91600
Caesar91400
Hannibal91450
These, it is believed, will be the chief members of any Channel squadron commissioned, and the necessity for recruiting in the navy has became as necessary as in the army, for the Chesapeake left on Thursday without her full complement, and the Ganges, 84, flagship of Rear-Admiral Baynes, C.B., for the Pacific command, is hors de combat at Spithead from, the same cause. Men won't enter, and boys are not very likely to be picked up if the 2 l. for their outfit is insisted upon as necessary to insure entry if found otherwise qualified.
We 4 November 1857From the activity displayed in preparing for the steam reserve the screw line-of-battle ships Duke of Wellington, Marlborough, and Royal Sovereign three deckers, and the Victor Emanuel, Caesar, Algiers, and Hannibal two-deckers, at Portsmouth, it is supposed that a Channel fleet or squadron of evolution is to be commissioned in the early part of the ensuing year. The Caesar and Hannibal are very forward in their equipments.
Tu 11 September 1860The following vessels comprise the four classes of the steam reserve at Portsmouth, the list corrected to this date :-
First Class.- Duke of Wellington, 131 guns, 700 horsepower; Princess Royal, 91 guns, 400 horse-power; Shannon, 51 guns, 600 horse-power ; Immortalité, 51 guns, 600 horse-power; Volcano, 6 guns, 140 horse-power; Philomel, 6 guns, 80 horse-power; and gunboats Brazen, Beaver, Snapper, Traveller, Grinder, and Blazer, of two guns each, and 60 horse-power.
Second Class.- Royal Sovereign, 131 guns, 800 horse-power; Victoria, 121 guns, 1,000 horse-power; Prince of Wales, 131 guns, 800 horse-power ; Duncan, 101 guns, 800 horse-power; Nelson, 91 guns, 500 horse-power; the Sutlej, 51 guns, 500 horse-power ; the Harrier, 17 guns, 100 horse-power; the Rinaldo, 17 guns, 200 horse-power; the Medea, 6 guns, 350 horse-power; the Stromboli, 6 guns, 280 horse-power; the Coquette, 6 guns, 200 horse-power; and the gunboats Cracker, Fancy, Swinger, Pincher, and Badger, of 60 horse-power each, and 2 guns.
Third Class.- The Tribune, 31 guns, 300 horse-power; the Rosamond, 6 guns, 280-horse power; the Vigilant, 4 guns, 200 horse-power; the Vulture, 6 guns, 470 horse-power; the Cygnet, 5 guns, 80 horse-power; and the gunboats Cheerful, Rambler, Pet, Daisy, Angler, Chub, Ant, Pert, and Decoy, of two guns each and 21 horse-power.
4th Class.- The screw transport Fox, 200 horse-power; the Erebus, 16 guns, 200 horse-power; the Meteor, 14 guns, 150 horse-power; and the Glatton, 14 guns, 150 horse-power.

The foregoing - not including the gunboats and mortar vessels in Haslar-yard - consist of seven line-of-battle ships, four frigates, two corvettes, nine sloops, three floating batteries, 20 gunboats, and one troop steamer. They give a total force of 1,150 guns, propelled by 11,420 horse-power (nominal). The Fox steam troopship is given in this return as not carrying any guns, but in the official Navy List she still carried "42" attached to her name.

Sa 26 March 1864Captain Sherard Osborn has been appointed to the command of the Royal Sovereign cupola ship.
Ma 25 July 1864The Royal Sovereign, 5, iron-cased turret-ship, Capt. Sherard Osborn, C.B., was officially inspected in Portsmouth harbour, on commission, by Vice-Admiral Sir M. Seymour, G.C.B., Naval Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth. She will go out of Portsmouth harbour this morning, and, according to pre-existing arrangements, proceed to off Osborne, where Her Majesty has announced her intention of paying a visit to the ship. On Tuesday, most probably, the Royal Sovereign will anchor in St. Helen's Roads, preparatory to commencing her trial cruise.
Th 1 December 1864Capt. Sherard Osborn, C.B., yesterday went on board his ship, the Royal Sovereign, at Portsmouth, for the last time as her commanding officer, Capt. Osborn resigning his command of the ship this morning on the completion of his captain's service in sea time entitling him to flag rank on the active list. The Royal Sovereign maintains a present complement of 104 officers and men, comprising one senior lieutenant, one surgeon, one paymaster, one chief engineer and three assistants, three warrant officers, and 94 seamen, marines, and stokers. Her books and accounts are kept on board and entirely separate from those of the ship (Excellent) to which she has been formally attached as a tender temporarily for experimental purposes; and, in fact, the appointment of a captain and a certain number of officers and men to fill up her complement would render her competent to cross the Channel at a day's notice on active service. Various and modified orders have been issued from the Admiralty respecting the ship, but she now appears to be held in hand for any possibly unforeseen contingency as readily as is possible under the circumstances. The alterations on board are in accordance with the suggestions contained in Capt. Osborn's final report on the ship, which was drawn up by that officer and forwarded to the Admiralty at the termination of the ship's period of active commission.
Th 1 April 1869The Royal Sovereign, turret-ship, Capt. A.A. Hood, C.B., arrived at Spithead at 7 p.m. on Tuesday from Dover, and yesterday morning went into Portsmouth Harbour to take up her usual moorings, and transfer her officers and crew back to the gunnery ship Excellent. The Royal Sovereign was officered and manned from the Excellent on Wednesday, the 24th inst., Capt. Hood hoisting his broad pendant on board pro tem., as commanding officer of the Review Squadron. The turret-ship left Spithead the next morning at 7 o'clock under steam, the smaller craft having started some hours before. At about 2 p.m. the Stork gunboat was sighted under Beachy Head, utterly unable to steam against a strong north-easterly breeze which had sprung up, and with a signal flying asking for assistance. The Royal Sovereign soon had the Stork secured to her stern, by stout hawsers, and steamed on for Dover, where both anchored the next morning. No land was seen during the night or the early part of the morning owing to the thickness of the weather, until a sudden rift in the fog enabled the officers of the watch to discern the light on the Foreland on the turret-ship's port bow, when the Stork was cast off and both, vessels ran in to an anchorage berth off Dover. The floating steam gun-carriage Staunch, which had left Portsmouth on Wednesday evening, was safely navigated round by Lieut. Hall (Her Majesty's ship Excellent) into the inner harbour at Dover before the stormy weather came on. Friday afternoon, off Dover, was fine, and nothing of importance occurred connected with the squadron; but on Saturday the wind sprung up strong from the N.E., and continued increasing in strength, until it culminated in the gale of Sunday night and the early part of Monday morning. The small vessels of the squadron took shelter in the inner harbour, but those in the outer roadstead were exposed to the full violence of the long heavy seas which rolled round the Foreland from the North Sea. The Royal Sovereign rolled heavily, and for a time dragged her anchors, but steam being up, her screw was set working sufficiently to take the greater part of the strain off the cables, and thenceforward the heavy, broad-beamed, old craft rode out the weather bravely. The vessel, however, in her then exposed position, in one of the most unreliable anchorages on the coasts of the United Kingdom, required unremitting care and attention, and as no protection can be found on the upper deck from the violence of the weather or the tons of water that "skeet" over her fore and aft, under such circumstances officers and men suffered considerably during the night and the early part of the following day. At 3 p.m. the anchor was weighed and the ship took part in the attack upon the Dover defences, 55 rounds being fired from her turret-guns. The conduct of the officer commanding the late training brig Ferret, Lieutenant Carré, after his vessel broke adrift from the Admiralty buoy and struck on the pier, is spoken of in the highest terms by officers and others who witnessed the wreck. He is stated to have given his orders from the deck of his stranded vessel as deliberately as if he were carrying on the usual evening drill, and this exhibition of cool execution of duty under such unexpectedly trying circumstances did more than anything else possibly could to allay the terror of the boys on board, nit one of whom had ever been at sea before. When the Ferret first went in alongside the pier her hammock netting on the rise of the waves would be above the level of the pier, and on the fall of the sea the latter would be touched by the brig's yardarm. This fact will tell what difficulty there must have been in getting the 86 boys and the 27 seamen and officers out of the brig. All were fortunately got out safe, and were taken round to Portsmouth from Dover in the Royal Sovereign.
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