Royal George (100)
Origin and History
The ship was launched at the Woolwich Dockyard on February 18 1756, becoming the largest warship in the world.
During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:
- in November 1759: captain John Campbell
The ship sank at Spithead on August 29 1782 with the loss of more than 800 lives.
Service during the War
In August 1757, the ship joined the fleet assembling at Spithead under the command of sir Edward Hawke. On September 8, this fleet sailed. It escorted 45 transports carrying more then 7,000 foot for an expedition against an undisclosed French port of the Atlantic coast. The expedition was finally a Raid on Rochefort and it failed lamentably. On October 6, the expeditionary force, returned home with no tangible results.
On November 20 1759, the ship took part in the decisive battle of Quiberon where she carried the flag of admiral sir Edward Hawke. This British victory eliminated any serious threat from the French navy for the rest of the war.
To do: campaigns from 1760 to 1763
Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761, pp. 227-232
Wikipedia, HMS Royal George
N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.