Royal Adelaide

Nominal Guns112
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1819
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth
Ship ClassPrincess Charlotte Class
Constructor Edward Churchill
CategoryFirst Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold for Break Up4.4.1905


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1817
Length of Gundeck197' 11"Imperial Feet60.0459 
Length of Keel163' 8.6"Imperial Pound73.9637 
Breadth53' 0"Imperial Feet16.1544 
Breadth (oa)53' 11"Imperial Feet16.1629 
Depth in Hold22' 6"Imperial Feet6.7818 
Burthen2,446 1994Tons BM 


28.7.1828Broadside Weight = 1880 Imperial Pound ( 852.58 kg)BWAS-1817
Lower Gun Deck2 British 68-Pound Shell Gun
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck2 British 68-Pound Shell Gun
Upper Gun Deck2 British 68-Pound Shell Gun
Upper Gun Deck32 British 32-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Middle Deck Bow Chaser30 British 32-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
28.7.1828738Design ComplementBWAS-1817

13 Commanding Officers

5.9.1835 - 30.4.1836Captain Gordon Falcon (1777-1854)BWAS-18171.1852 - 1.4.1852Captain Montagu Stopford (1798-1864)W0331.4.1859 - 7.1860Captain Woodford John Williams (d.1807)W0337.1860 - 31.12.1861Captain William King Hall (1816-1886)W0251.1.1862 - 31.10.1863Captain William VeseyW0333.11.1863 - 26.10.1866Captain Henry Caldwell (1815-1868)W03326.10.1866 - 1.11.1869CaptainSir George William Preedy (1817-1894)W0331.11.1869 - 1.10.1875CaptainSir Trevenen Penrose CoodeW0331.10.1875 - 30.10.1879CaptainSir William Henry Whyte (1829-1912)W0331.11.1879 - 30.11.1888Captain Frederic Proby DoughtyW03330.3.1885 - 7.4.1887Captain William CumingW0333.4.1887 - 1887Captain Harry Woodfall Brent (1834-1911)30.11.1888 - 31.12.1884Captain Richard Carter (1828-1887)W033

4 Flag Officers

5.9.1835 - 30.4.1836Vice-Admiral of the RedSir William Hargood (1762-1839)BWAS-18171.10.1875 - 1.11.1878AdmiralSir Thomas Matthew Charles Symonds (1813-1894)W0331.11.1878 - 30.10.1879Admiral Arthur Farquhar (1815-1908)W0339.1.1880 - 1.12.1881AdmiralSir Charles Gilbert John Brydone Elliot (1818-1895)W033

3 Commissioned Officers

5.9.1835 - 8.1836First Lieutenant Robert Augustus Bradshaw (1800-?)NBD18495.5.1836 - 4.5.1839Flag Lieutenant Humphrey ButlerNBD18491881First Lieutenant Charles Robert WoodNL1865

Service History

1.4.1859Guardship of ordinary at DevonportW033

Notes on Ship

Ordered as **London**, she was renamed on 1827-05-10

She was converted to serve as a depot ship in 1860


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Posted by Steve Morton on Wednesday 11th of March 2020 10:37

I have a family member John Morton serving on the Royal Adelaide, and I would like further information regarding his service. He seemingly died in service in 1877 at East Stonehouse, Devonport. Are records available for ordinary seamen other than those held in the national archives under ADM 139/956/15555

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