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Royal George,

British naval vessel that sank on Aug. 29, 1782, while undergoing repairs at Spithead. Its commander, Admiral Richard Kempenfelt, and about 800 sailors and visitors were drowned. The incident is commemorated in William Cowper's poem "On the Loss of the Royal George."
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1782: The 100-ton battleship HMS Royal George sank off Spithead with the loss of more than 900 lives.
1782: The 100-gun battleship HMS Royal George sank off Spithead with the loss of more than 900 lives.
Two others are based on Gunther Prien, the war commander who sunk the HMS Royal George at a time when its naval base, Scapa Flow, was thought indestructible
Also on This Day: 1350: The Spanish fleet wasdefeated by Edward II at Winchelsea; 1619: Birth of French statesman Jean Baptiste Colbert, founder of the French navy; 1782: HMS Royal George sank at Spithead with the loss of more than 900 lives; 1882: The Ashes were first mentioned when the Sporting Times published an 'obituary' for English cricket;1947: Birth of racing driver James Hunt; 1982: Death of Swedish film actress Ingrid Bergman on her 77th birthday.
1782: The 100-ton battleship HMS Royal George sank off Spithead, Hampshire, with the loss of more than 900 lives.
Also on This Day: 1350: The Spanish fleet was defeated by Edward II at Winchelsea; 1619: Birth of French statesman Jean Baptiste Colbert, founder of the French navy; 1782: HMS Royal George sank at Spithead with the loss of more than 900 lives; 1835: The Australian city of Melbourne was founded; 1882: The Ashes were first mentioned when the Sporting Times published an 'obituary' for English cricket; 1982: Death of Swedish film actress Ingrid Bergman aged 77 on her birthday; 1987: Death of American film actor Lee Marvin.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A campaign forTHURSDAY 1782 The battleship HMS Royal George sank off Spithead with the loss of more than 900 lives.
Anniversaries: 1350: The Spanish fleet was defeated by Edward II at Winchelsea; 1619: Birth of French statesman Jean Baptiste Colbert, founder of the French navy; 1782: HMS Royal George sank at Spithead with the loss of more than 900 lives; 1835: The Australian city of Melbourne was founded; 1882: The Ashes were first mentioned when the Sporting Times published an 'obituary' for English cricket; 1947: Birth of racing driver James Hunt; 1982: Death of Swedish film actress Ingrid Bergman aged 77 on her birthday; 1987: Death of American film actor Lee Marvin.