Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

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Little Belt: Sixth Rate corvette; Length: 35.4 m; 460 tons; Crew: 121; Armament: 18x32pdr, 2x9pdr; Copenhagen, Denmark; 1801

Seized at Copenhagen by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, the HMS Little Belt became the focal point of an incident between the U.S. and Britain in 1811 when the USS President engaged and all but dismasted HMS Little Belt, 45 miles from the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The USS President's agression was in response to HMS Guerrière impressing an American seaman.
Ontario: HMS Ontario; Sixth Rate Snow-rigged Brig-Sloop; Length: 80 ft; Beam: 25 ft; 226 tons burthen; Comp.: 310; Armament: 22 guns; Carleton Island Dockyard, New York; 1778

HMS Ontario was built on Carleton Island, the only territory to change hands to the US in the War of 1812. She had a short career as the largest British vessel on Lake Ontario, when on October 31, 1780, she went down to the bottom of Lake Ontario during a violent storm with the loss of all hands.

HMS Ontario model

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Rose: HMS Rose; Sixth Rate Length: 179ft; Beam: 32ft; Draft: 13ft; 500 displacement tons; Hull, England; 1757

The HMS Rose was purpose built for the Seven Years War. In the 1770's she saw action on a number of occasions in the American War of Independence. A replica of the Rose was built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in the 1970's which later would play the part of the HMS Surprise in the movie "Master and Commander". Renamed Surprise, the ship now berths at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and is open for tours daily.

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Courtesy of Bill Kayser - "HMS" Rose Foundation
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