HMS Trincomalee

HMS Trincomalee

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HMS Trincomalee is a Royal Navy Leda-class sailing frigate built shortly following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. She is now restored as a museum ship in Hartlepool, UK.


She was ordered on 30 October 1812 from India and was finally launched on 12 October 1817. Soon after completion she was sailed to Portsmouth Dockyard, where she arrived on 3 April 1819 and was promptly laid up in reserve. She was cut down to a 26-gun sixth-rate corvette at Portsmouth between April 1845 and September 1847, then fitted for sea service at a combined cost of £21,643.

After serving as a hulk, she was restored to her original appearance, and now serves as a museum ship.

The Trincomalee is one of two surviving British frigates of this era — her near-sister HMS Unicorn (of the modified Leda class) is now a museum ship in Dundee. The Trincomalee was built in Bombay, India in 1817 by the Wadia family of shipwrights in teak, due to oak shortages in Britain as a result of shipbuilding drives for the Napoleonic Wars. The ship was named Trincomalee after an action in 1782 between the Royal and French navies off the Ceylon (Sri Lanka) port of that name.

Trincomalee finished her Royal Navy service as a training ship, but was 'reduced to reserve' in 1895 and sold for scrap 2 years later on 19 May 1897. However she was then purchased by George Wheatley Cobb, restored, and renamed Foudroyant in honour of HMS Foudroyant, his earlier ship that had been wrecked in...
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