HMS America, 1810-1867
HMS America was an Armada class, sail powered battleship that had 74 guns when it was launched in 1810. In 1835 the ship was cut down to 50 guns.1 According to historian Barry Gough, America was the most important British vessel on the North Pacific coast during the Oregon Crisis, despite its leaving for England before the conflict was concluded.2 This controversial decision resulted in ship's captain, John Gordon, being court-martialed.3
  • 1. David Lyon and Rif Winfield, The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815-1889 (London: Chatham Publishing, 2004), 45-46, 101-102.
  • 2. Barry M. Gough, H.M.S. America on the North Pacific Coast, Oregon Historical Quarterly vol. 70, no. 4 (December 1969): 293.
  • 3. Gough, H.M.S. America, 309.
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