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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

"The disaster that overcame the line-of battle ship HMS Royal George in 1782, while anchored in calm water in sight of shore, was to have as strong an impact on the contemporary public mind as the loss of the RMS Titanic was to have one hundred and thirty years later. The tragedy was all the more terrible for the fact that it would have been avoidable if the simplest of precautions had been taken and without them over 900 men and women were to die.

When launched in 1756 the Royal George was the largest warship in the world at some 2000 tons, a length of 180 feet and armed with over a hundred guns. The 28 42-pounders and equal number of 24-pounders she carried gave her massive ship-smashing power. She was to see significant action in the Seven Years War, then commencing, and was to serve during it as flagship for two of the Royal Navy's greatest names, Admirals Anson and Hawke. It was from her that Hawke was to command the fleet that inflicted such a crushing defeat on the French at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, in the course of which she sank the French ship Superbe. She was to render equally valuable service during the American War of Independence, operating against the French and Spanish fleets in the Eastern Atlantic and participating in the "First Relief" of the Siege of Gibraltar in 1780 when troop reinforcements and supplies were landed on The Rock. Thus was not the end of the siege however and it was destined to drag on for another three years…."
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Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

Very interesting

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

That is pretty awful to read. Astounding.

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