HMS Royal George (1809)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Royal George
Builder: Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard
Launched: 1809
Renamed: Niagara in 1814
Honours and
War of 1812.
Fate: sold in 1837
Notes: Provincial Marine vessel,
General characteristics
Class and type: sloop of war
Tons burthen: 510
Complement: 200
Armament: 3 long 18-pdr
2 68-pdr carronade
16 32-pdr carronade
Notes: 20-gun wooden sloop

HMS Royal George was a British 20-gun wooden sloop of the Provincial Marine, and subsequently, the Royal Navy, operating on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812 with a crew of 200.

She was launched at the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard in Kingston, Ontario, in July 1809. In November 1812, Royal George was the largest warship on the lake, operating under the command of British Commodore Hugh Earl (or "Earle"). On 9 November 1812, she was intercepted by an American fleet of seven ships under the command of U.S. Commodore Isaac Chauncey, but managed to escape to the safety of her home harbour at Kingston.

She was renamed Niagara in 1814 and was sold in 1837.

The crew of HMS Royal George is currently portrayed by a War of 1812 re-enactment group, under the HMS Richmond umbrella organization.

See also

HMS Royal George was one of the ships of the Provincial Marine base in Kingston:

External links


  • David Lyon & Rif Winfield (2004). The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889. London. ISBN 1-86176-032-9. 
  • Rif Winfield (2005). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. London. ISBN 1-86176-246-1. 
  • David Lyon (1997). The Sailing Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy, Built, Purchased and Captured, 1688-1860. London. ISBN 0-85177-864-X. 
  • Robert Malcomson (2001). Warships of the Great Lakes: 1754-1834. Annapolis. ISBN 1-55750-910-7. 
  • Robert Malcomson (1998). Lords of the Lake. Annapolis. ISBN 1-55750-532-2. 
  • Jonathan Moore (2006). Archaeological and Historical Investigations of Three War of 1812 Wrecks at Kingston, Ontario : HMS St. Lawrence, HMS Kingston and HMS Burlington : Report for Province of Ontario Licence to Conduct Archaeological Exploration or Fieldwork 1999-096 at Sites BbGd-6, BbGc-45 and BbGc-46. Ottawa. ISBN 0-9781712-0-9. 
  • The War of 1812 Magazine
  • George F.G. Stanley, Richard A. Preston (195-?). `A short history of Kingston as a military and naval centre`. Kingston, Ont..