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The Sinking of HMS Royal George – Spithead, 29 August 1782

On 29 August 1782, HMS Royal George sank with the loss of more than 800 lives, while undergoing routine maintenance work at Spithead, by Portsmouth. HMS Royal George was the largest warship in the world at the time of her launch in 1756, and her sudden sinking remains one of the worst disasters ever to take place in UK waters. To mark the day, here are two newspaper articles from August 1782 that report on the tragedy – the second

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