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1855 - Launch of MARLBOROUGH

31st July. HM Queen Victoria accompanied by the Prince Consort and the eldest of her children launched HMS “Marlborough”, a wooden steam screw of 1st rate (121 guns). She stuck 25 feet from the end of the slipway and could not be moved until the following day. She was the largest wooden ship in the world at that time and it was said that 76 acres of oak forest were needed to build her.

She became Vernon II in 1904. She capsized and sank off Brighton on tow to the breaker’s yard in 1924.