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HMS Albion


74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy.

Launched: 17 June 1802.   Broken up:  1836

Class and type: Fame-class ship of the line

Tons burthen: 1740

Length: 175 ft (gundeck)

Beam: 47 ft 6 in

Depth of hold: 20 ft 6 in

Sail plan: Full rigged ship

Crew: 567:   36 officers   434 men   97 marines

Armament: 74 guns:
Lower deck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
Upper deck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
Quarterdeck: 2 x 18-pounder guns + 12 x 32-pounder carronades
Forecastle: 2 × 18-pounder guns + 2 x 32-pounder carronades
Roundhouse: 6 x 18-pounder carronades

In 1814  she became flagship of Rear Admiral George Cockburn, taking part in the War of 1812 against the United States. In the summer of 1814, she was involved in the force that harried the coastline of Chesapeake Bay, where she operated all the way up to the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers, destroying large amounts of American shipping, as well as US government property. The operations ended once peace was declared in 1815.