Can anyone work out what the name of this ship is for me please it is from the 1861 census reference RG9/4441/232/30enter image description here

Thanks for any suggestions

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I read "H M Ship 'Queen.'"

See the Wikipedia article, "HMS Queen," for "Seven ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Queen."

In particular, note the number of guns in, "HMS Queen was a 110-gun first rate launched in 1839. In 1859 the ship was fitted with a screw propeller and reduced to 86 guns. She was broken up in 1871."

More about this specific HMS Queen available at Wikipedia, "HMS Queen (1839)," which also references the 1859 re-fitting. Reports that, "...being able to cruise at 10.5 knots she was commissioned into the Mediterranean Fleet until 1864."

The Wikipedia article cites

  1. "Lyon & Winfield, The Sail & Steam Navy List 1815-1889."
  2. "'Timmy the tortoise dies aged 160' BBC News 7 April 2004."
  3. "Rankin, Stuart (July 2004). Shipyards, Granaries and Wharves, Maritime Rotherhithe, History Walk B. London: Southwark Council. ISBN 0-905849-37-X." [This reference can be downloaded as a pdf from associated link in the the Wikipedia article.]

Pretty picture

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  • Thank you very much for that the first letter looked nothing like a Q to me.
    – Colin
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 17:56
  • @Colin I agree. A less flowery "Q" or at least better formed letters "e" (they reach a bit) would have made the word more easily identifiable.
    – GeneJ
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 18:46

I agree with GeneJ. HM Ship Queen.

Further research on this site shows that on 17 November 1859 Captain Charles Farrell Hillyar was in command of the ship in the Mediterranean.

  • Nice work, @AvieRose.
    – GeneJ
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 21:19

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