1827 - Loss of DIAMOND

13 February. The frigate Diamond having returned from South America under the command of Lord Napier, had been placed in ordinary (reserve) as fit for immediate service.

Shortly before daylight a fire was discovered to have broken out in the ship. Victory, the guard ship, fired several guns in quick succession to summons assistance. The guard ship’s boats under the command of Captain Inglis were very active in trying to remove other vessels out of harms way. The Dockyard assisted by manning some powerful floats and several hundred men were soon at work pouring water onto the blazing ship. The strong winds baffled any attempt to save the ship and it burnt to the waterline and sank. Fortunately no lives were lost. It was thought that a hot ash from the galley fire was the cause of the blaze.