Vesuvius (8)

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Origin and History

The sloop of war “King of Portugal” was purchased by the Royal Navy on November 17 1756, renamed “Vesuvius” and converted to a fireship.

During the Seven Years' War, the fireship was under the command of:

The vessel was sold on May 3 1763.

Service during the War

In February 1759, the fireship sailed from Spithead in Great Britain as part of the fleet destined for the expedition against Québec. The voyage was long and tedious. On April 21, when the fleet finally reached Louisbourg, it was to find the harbour blocked with ice, so that the fleet made for Halifax instead. The fleet finally sailed for Louisbourg in May. From June 1 to 6, the fleet gradually left the harbour of Louisbourg and sailed for Québec. On June 23, Saunders' fleet made a junction with Durell's squadron at Isles-aux-Coudres. On June 26, the whole British fleet of vice-admiral Saunders was anchored safely off the southern shore of Isle-d'Orléans, a few km below Québec without loosing a single ship. Québec finally surrendered on September 18 1759. At the end of October, vice-admiral Saunders fired his farewell salute and dropped down the Saint-Laurent river with his fleet on his way to Great Britain.

To do: more details on the campaign from 1760 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 8
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ADM 51/4001 Captain's Log HMS Vesuvius held at The National Archive, Kew, London

Blasco, Manuel: Unrated 1714-1792, 3 Decks Wiki

Phillips, M.: Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy

Stacey, C.P.: Quebec, 1759, The siege and Battle

Syrett, David: Admiral Lord Howe - A Biographyâ, Spellmount Limited, Stroud, England, 2006


N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.


David Chads for additionnal info on the commander of this fireship