1773 - King George III Fleet Review
22nd June. King George III reviewed fleet at Spithead and inspected the Dockyard; he was saluted by 232 guns. He was welcomed by the Dockyard men, who wore green boughs in their hats and the scene was described as a walking forest.. The King left £1,500 for the Dockyard artificers, £350 for the seamen of the Barfleur’s yachts, £250 for the poor and a week’s pay to each man in the Dockyard.