A Navy Office Architect’s Sheer Profile Draught For
A NAVY OFFICE ARCHITECT’S SHEER PROFILE DRAUGHT FOR THE CONVERSION OF H.M.S. CEYLON TO A TROOPSHIP, C.1811
ink on paper with re-fit outlined in red, annotated on the reverse Ceylon of 38 guns as fitted for a Troop Ship -- 20 x 50in. (51 x 127cm.) framed and glazed; together with a Georgian land-pattern sword in scabbard (poor condition)
Built by Pitcher of Northfleet for the East India Company and launched as Bombay 27th April, 1803, she was re-named Ceylon in 1808. Captured by the French frigates Bellone, Minerve and Victor in July 1810 and taken to Mauritius and used as a prison ship, she was re-captured when the British took Mauritius in December 1810 and sold to the Royal Navy in 1811, which refitted her for use as a troop transport, in which capacity she was employed between 1813 and 1815. She was laid up between 1816 and 1832 when she was hulked at Malta and used as a receiving ship until sold from the service in 1857.