HMS Hero (1816)
|Laid down:||July 1813|
|Launched:||21 September 1816|
|Renamed:||HMS Wellington, 4 December 1816|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Vengeur-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1756 bm|
|Length:||176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)|
|Depth of hold:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
On 4 December 1816 Hero was renamed HMS Wellington. She became a training ship in 1862, and Wellington was eventually sold out of the Navy in 1908.
As the HMS Wellington, the ship is infamous for being the source of the first mosquitoes in the Hawaiian Islands, in 1826. These mosquitoes were introduced to a stream on Maui when sailors seeking fresh water rinsed out their water barrels in the stream. Prior to this, no mosquitoes lived in Hawaii.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p189.
- Patterson, Gordon. The Mosquito Crusades: A History of the American Anti-Mosquito Movement from the Reed Commission to the First Earth Day. Rutgers University Press. Retrieved 4/5/2011.
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
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