HMS Thunderer (1831)
|Ordered:||23 January 1817|
|Laid down:||April 1823|
|Launched:||22 September 1831|
|Fate:||Sold to be broken up, 1901|
|Class and type:||Canopus-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||2255 bm|
|Length:||193 ft 10 in (59.08 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||52 ft 4.5 in (15.964 m)|
|Depth of hold:||22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Complement:||700 officers and men|
She was constructed with diagonal framing and improved underwater lines on the principles of Sir William Symonds, Surveyor of the Navy. In 1840, HMS Thunderer fought in the Syria campaign, taking part in the battle of Sidon, which was the last fleet action conducted purely by wooden ships of the line under sail. In the same year she acted as flagship at the bombardment and capture of the fortress at St. Jean d'Acre, which was the first action at which steam vessels were present, albeit as support vessels rather than fighting ships. She was fitted with iron-clad plate in 1863 for trials of new armour-piercing guns.
She was hulked in 1863 as a target ship at Portsmouth. Thunderer was renamed twice in quick succession: first in 1869 to Comet, and again in 1870 to Nettle. HMS Nettle was sold in December 1901 to Messrs. King & co, of Garston, to be broken up.
- Mid-Victorian RN vessel HMS Thunderer. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.