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Southampton - 1820

Postby Whickham » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:17 pm

These photos were in a batch of Blyth photos and labelled SOUTHAMPTON. I think it possible therefore that they show HMS SOUTHAMPTON a 60 gun 4th rate warship built by Deptford Dock Yard in 1820. She was on loan to the Hull Committee as a training ship from 1867 and broken up by Hughes Bolckow at Blyth in 1912.

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Re: Southampton - 1820

Postby magoonigal » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:57 pm

Correct. First vessel to be broken up at Blyth by Hughes Bolckow.

She was towed from the Humber and on arrival a Luncheon was held on board for 50 or so local notables. Lord Ridley knocked out the first bolt.
HB paid £2,655 for her and many people trooped to Blyth to see her, one commented "Her seasoned timbers will be turned scientifically into enduring articles of furniture, which will defy the worst efforts of railway porters or furniture removers to demolish".
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