"HMS Ganges (1821)
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HMS Ganges was an 84-gun 2nd rate of the Royal Navy launched on November 10, 1821 at Bombay Dockyard. She is notable for being the last sailing ship of the Navy to serve as a flagship, and was the second ship to have borne the name.
Admiralty orders of June 5th 1816 directed her to be built as a facsimile of HMS Canopus (the ex-French ship Franklin, which had fought at the Battle of the Nile). Building began in May 1819, under the direction of master shipbuilder Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia. She was constructed from teak, with a length of 196 ft (59.7 m), and breadth of 52 ft (15.8 m). She had a ships company of 800.
She was commissioned at Portsmouth in 1823, and served in several locations over the following decades. Notable events included a period as flagship of the South America Station for three years, during which she landed Royal Marines in Rio de Janeiro after a mutiny by Brazilian soldiers. She also saw action in the Mediterranean in 1838—40, bombarding Beirut and blockading Alexandria. She was paid off during the Crimean War, and saw no action.
From 1857—61, she was the flagship of the Pacific Squadron, based in Vancouver, after which she returned to be converted into a training ship; she began service as a training ship in 1865 at Falmouth; in 1899, she was moved to Harwich.
In 1905, she became part of RNTE (Royal Naval Training Establishment) Shotley, which also included the ships HMS Caroline and HMS Boscawen III.
In 1906, she was renamed HMS Tenedos III, then moved to Devonport to become part of the HMS Indus training establishment; on August 13th, 1910, she was renamed HMS Indus V. In October 1922, she was renamed as HMS Impregnable III and transferred to the HMS Impregnable training establishment, also at Devonport, once again training boys. In 1925, she was finally taken out of service and transferred to the dockyard, and in 1929 she was sold for breaking up. In 1930, after over a century in service, she was finally broken up at Plymouth. The captain's cabin in the stern was used in the construction of the art-deco hotel on Burgh Island in Devon, where it still remains to this day."
Different eh? Especially the last paragraph, and fancy it coming a full circle from boys' training to boys' training and under four different names. Apart from not being 100% sure that the barrel [etc] came from the wood of the Bombay HMS Ganges, for there were a couple of ships called that at Harwich at the turn of the 19th to 20th century and they were all broken-up too, why did a ship in 1930 which had not been called Ganges for approximately 25 years, shoot to the top of the popularity list circumventing the illustrious names of the Impregnable, the Indus and the Tenedos. Apart from Ganges' former connection with Falmouth, I don't think that Plymouth men [the breakers] would have cared too much about its Cornish connection because it would be known to all in dear old Guzz as the Impregnable. That apart, I have another thought which worries me! RNTE Shotley didn't become HMS Ganges [our alma mater] until 1927 and HMS Ganges proper at that time was HMS Impregnable III in Devonport albeit out of service. Here we need to ask ourselves what is in a name? In 1925, say, two boy's joining the navy one at Devonport and one at Shotley BOTH joined HMS Ganges, that is, in ALL BUT NAME ! Worth a thought at least.
Keep the shaggy dog stories going - it adds to the naval spice of life!