Royal George. On 29 August 1782 Admiral Kempenfelt at Spithead was preparing his flagship, the Royal George, to sail to the relief of Gibraltar. It was an old vessel and patched up for service. When her guns were run over to one side to give the ship a list and enable repairs to the hull to be made, she sank at once, drowning the admiral and up to 800 crew and families. The vessel was never recovered and was eventually blown up.
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