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1824 - Launch of ORESTES & CHAMPION

21st May. The 18 gun sloop Orestes was launched from the Dockyard. She was designed by the School of Architecture at Portsmouth and was said to be one of the best sailing ships of her day. Became a coal hulk at Portsmouth in 1852 where she was later given the number of C28, being scrapped in 1905 after nearly 71 years service.

The other 18 gun sloop launched on this day was the Champion designed by Admiral Hayes. After service in the east, in particular, Burma, she returned to Portsmouth and became a water police boat in 1860; she was later moored on the East mud in the Solent and used as a target; being later scrapped at Portsmouth in 1867.