HMS Hero (1816)
HMS Hero (1816)


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NameHeroExplanation
TypeThird rate   
Launched21 September 1816
HullWooden
PropulsionSail
Builders measure1756 tons
Displacement 
Guns74
Fate1908
ClassArmada
Ships book
Note1816.12 = Wellington.
1862 = Akbar, t.s.
Snippets concerning this vessels career
DateEvent
December 1816Renamed Wellington
1 March 1848Commanded by Captain David Price, Sheerness, and Captain-Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard
6 February 1854
- 1 April 1854
Commanded by Charles Hope, guard ship of Ordinary, Sheerness (replacing Monarch)
25 April 1859
- 31 May 1860
Commanded by Captain Robert Spencer Robinson, Superintendent of the steam reserve, guard ship of Ordinary, Devonport
25 May 1860
- 13 July 1860
Commanded by Captain Astley Cooper Key, guard ship of Sailing Ordinary, Plymouth (this was the last use of the word "Ordinary" to describe vessels not in commission)
14 July 1860
- 15 July 1861
Commanded by Commander Frederick Cannon, flagship of Rear-Admiral Thomas Sabine Pasley
1862Renamed Akbar
Extracts from the Times newspaper
DateExtract
Ma 4 October 1852

PORTSMOUTH, Sunday.

It is reported here that Her Majesty has graciously signified her pleasure that the name of the leviathan line-of-battle ship Windsor Castle, 140, shall be chanced to that of "The Duke of Wellington," in token of Her Majesty's high esteem for the memory of that lamented hero. This resolve on the part of the Queen will be universally applauded, as we have nothing bearing the name of the deceased but two wretched old 74's (the Wellington and Wellesley).


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