HMS London

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HMS London two decker wooden converted screw ship of the line designed by Sir William Symonds and launched 1840. She took part in the bombardment of Fort Constantine at Sevastopol 1854 during the Crimean War but sustained damage. She was turned into a hulk at Zanzibar in 1884.

Previous HMS London. Built at Shish Deptford Dockyard but badly damaged by the Dutch and rebuilt in 1706.

The London - Two Decker Wooden Converted Screw Ship of the Line photograph from W A Bieber.

HMS London in Zanzibar.  Drawn in 1881.  Many thanks to Rod E.

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This is how the ship looked after converted to steam power and stationed in Zanzibar as Headquarters for the royal Navy.

Rod E has also sent in the service record of his ancestor (above), who served on HMS St Vincent, Duke of Wellington, London etc.  He has pointed out the signature of Captain Brownrigg the year before he was killed by slavers, and also the training ship Atalanta shortly before it disappeared in 1880. The Captain of the Excellent who also signed this service record in 1884 was J. A. Fisher (John Arbuthnot Fisher), who later became the top Admiral (First Sea Lord) in charge of the Royal Navy.  (these signatures are off to the far right hand side)

? Rod E

A List of "Dhows captured by boats of HMS London" between September 1880 and September 1882.

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Another great piece sent in by Rod E, whose ancestor kept this record either as a clerk aboard the London, or for his share of the prize money.  Highlighted in green is a record of Captain Brownrigg capturing a Dhow (arab slavers boat) on October 8th 1881.  He was killed shortly after this.  The next highlighted record is of the next captain "Luxmore" who took over after Brownrigg.

Many thanks to Rod for this great information.