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1859 - Launch of VICTORIA

17th November. The 121 Gun 1st Rate ship Victoria was launched by Princess Frederick William of Prussia.

HM The Queen and other members of her family were also present. It was said to have been a day of great pomp and splendour.

On the same day as the launch of the Victoriaa mutiny broke out on the Princess Royal lying at the jetty, and just about to pay off. Leave was granted to one watch, but the others demanded leave also. All hands were at once piped on deck, but 140 remained below in a very disorderly and defiant mood. The hatches were battened down, the marines from other ships in the harbour were summoned, and after a period of great disorder the mutineers surrendered. They were afterwards court-martialled, and 109 of them were sentenced to three months hard labour in Winchester Gaol.