Kingstown Coastguard Ships


Kingstown Coastguard Ships
  • 1858/64. AJAX, built 1839,third rate. Also RANGER, built 1837, brig hulk 1860, church ship 1863.
  • 1864/69. ROYAL GEORGE, built 1837, first rate ex-NEPTUNE.
  • 1870. PALLAS (to October) built 1865, corvette. #
  • 1871. AUDACIOUS, built 1869, battleship.
  • 1872. VANGUARD, built 1870, battleship. Lost by collision September 1st 1875.
  • 1875/77 IRON DUKE, built 1870, battleship.
  • 1877. TOPAZE, built 1858, frigate.
  • 1878/93. BELLISLE, built 1876, coastal defence ship. Used for target practice in 1903. #
  • 1894/03. MELAMPUS, built 1890, cruiser, reserve drill ship. #
  • 1901/08. SKIPJACK, built 1889, torpedo gunboat, tender to MELAMPUS.
  • 1914/15. ILEX, built 1896, yacht, auxiliary patrol depot ship.
  • 1915/19. BODICEA, built 1892, yacht, auxiliary patrol, parent (sic).

Kingstown Regatta

  • Also, in 1823 ESSEX, convict ship.
    1848, WOLF, coal hulk.

    NOTE: A first-rate ship carried upwards of 100 guns.
              A third-rate ship carried 70 – 84 guns.



    REFERENCE: Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin. October 2000.

The Royal George.

The Royal George was a wooden frigate with 72 guns built at the royal naval dockyard in 1827. It was built as a sailing vessel but was later equipped with steam engines of 400 horse power and so had two sources of power. At the time this photograph was taken it was on its last posting, on Coast Guard duty at Kingstown for the years 1865-69, after which it was paid off. When the Prince of Wales landed at Kingstown on his visit to Ireland in April 1868 the Royal George was on duty as guard-ship and fired the royal salute.



1 Comment · 16782 Reads · Print  -> Posted by Tony on June 18 2007

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#1 | Cakeij on 04/12/2007 19:40:29
Some of these ships appear on family coastguard records in my possession and it is a very useful reference guide. Many thanks
 

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