HMS Royal Oak (1809)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Royal Oak
Builder: Dudman, Deptford Wharf
Laid down: December 1805
Launched: 4 March 1809
Fate: Broken up, 1850
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fame-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1759 tons (1787.2 tonnes)
Length: 175 ft (53 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 650 officers and men (inc. 60-80 marines)

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 12 pdrs, 10 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Forecastle: 4 × 12 pdrs, 2 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Poop deck: 6 × 18 pdr carronades

HMS Royal Oak was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 4 March 1809 at Dudman's yard at Deptford Wharf.[1] Her first commanding officer was Captain Pulteney Malcolm.

In 1812 Royal Oak was under the command of Captain T.G. Shortland, who was superseded by Captain Edward Dix in 1813. During this time she was the Flagship of Rear Admiral Lord Amelius Beauclerk, off the Texel.

On 1 June 1814 Rear Admiral Pulteney Malcolm, who had hoisted his flag aboard Royal Oak, proceeded with troops under Brigadier General Ross to North America. Malcolm accompanied Sir Alexander Cochrane on the expedition up the Chesapeake and regulated the debarkation and embarkation of the troops employed against Washington and Baltimore.

In December Royal Oak was with the fleet under Cochrane preparing for the attack on New Orleans. Before the attack, her boats participated in the Battle of Lake Borgne.

From 1825 Royal Oak was employed on harbour service, until in 1850 she was broken up.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p188.


  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.

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ja:ロイヤル・オーク (戦列艦・5代)