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HMS Albion (1842)

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Type2nd rate, 2 decker TypeTwo-decker
Launched (Sail)6 September 1842 Converted to screw21 May 1861
HullWooden Length204 feet
PropulsionSail Men830
Builders measure3111 tons Builders measure (as screw)3111 tons
Displacement  Displacement (as screw)4382 tons
Guns90 Guns (as screw)91
Fate1884 Last in commission-
Ships book   
Snippets concerning career prior to conversion
6 September 1842Launched as 2nd rate sailing ship at Plymouth Dockyard.
10 November 1843
- 27 February 1847
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain Nicholas Lockyer, flagship of Admiral David Milne, Devonport, then Lisbon, then Channel squadron (until Lockyer died), (also 1844 experimental squadron and 1845 experimental squadron)
1 April 1847
- 2 April 1848
Commanded (until paying off at Plymouth) by Captain Charles Howe Fremantle, Mediterranean
29 May 1850
- 2 July 1852
Commanded (from commissioning at Plymouth) by Captain William James Hope Johnstone, Mediterranean
2 July 1852
- 7 July 1855
Commanded by Captain Stephen Lushington, Mediterranean (and Black Sea during the Russian War, when he was in command of the Naval Brigade ashore from the beginning of the siege of Sevastopol to 19 July 1854)
7 July 1855Commanded by Captain James Robert Drummond, Mediterranean
Career as unarmoured wooden screw vessel
21 May 1861Completed as screw at Devonport Dockyard.
22 May 1861Never fitted for sea as screw ship
August 1884Sold to Castle for breaking up at Charlton.
Extracts from the Times newspaper
(various)The 1844 Experimental squadron.
(various)The 1845 Experimental squadron.
(various)The 1846 Experimental squadron.
Fr 5 January 1866The paddle-wheel steamer Virago, 6, 300-horse power, attached to the Chatham, steam reserve, is undergone most extensive repairs to both hull and machinery in No. 1 dock, in order that she may be brought forward for commission. Her machinery has been removed into the factory for a thorough overhaul and repair, and her boilers have been taken out. The nature of the repairs ordered to be carried out will detain her in dock for some months.

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