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. He was rowed round the Fleet at Spithead in his barge, though the yacht Augusta / Princess Augusta (the name was changed from July 1773) was also used for other parts of the visit which lasted some days.