HMS Princess Charlotte (1814)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Princess Charlotte
Ordered: 1813
Builder: Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard, Ontario, Canada
Launched: 15 April 1814
Renamed: Built as HMS Vittoria
Renamed HMS Burlington on 9 December 1814
Fate: Put up for sale in January 1833
Later scuttled
Notes: Provincial Marine vessel
General characteristics
Class and type: 42-gun fifth rate frigate
Tons burthen: 755 90/94 bm
Length: 121 ft (37 m) (overall)
100 ft 0.25 in (30.4864 m) (keel)
Beam: 37 ft 8 in (11.48 m)
Depth of hold: 8 ft 8.5 in (2.654 m)
Complement: 280
  • Upper deck: 24 x 24pdrs
  • Quarterdeck/Forecastle: 16 x 32 pounder carronades + 2 x 68pdr carronades

HMS Princess Charlotte, later HMS Burlington, was a 42-gun fifth rate frigate of the Royal Navy built in 1814, during the War of 1812 at the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard in Kingston, Ontario. [1] She had originally been built as Vittoria, but was renamed before being launched. She was built to a design by George Record, and was constructed under a private contract by Master shipwright John Goudie. She served on Lake Ontario, having been commissioned at Oswego on 5 May 1814 under Captain William Mulcaster.

The ship took part in British attacks on Fort Oswego and Sackett's Harbour on Lake Ontario in 1814. In November that year she came under the command of Captain Edward Collier, and was renamed HMS Burlington on 9 December 1814. Captain Nicholas Lockyer took command in June 1816. Burlington was offered for sale in January 1833, but there were no buyers and she was later towed away and scuttled.


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