Named after the reforming 18th century admiral, it is early days for Anson, the fifth of the Astute-class attack submarines – the largest and most powerful ever built for the Royal Navy. Work has only just begun on component parts of the boat, which will be built and assembled, like her sisters, at Barrow.
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TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED Anson
The First Anson
Seven ships have been named after Admiral George Anson, a further two were near-misses, and the nuclear submarine will be the eighth. The first Anson appeared during the admiral's lifetime, a 4th Rate 60-gun ship built by Ewer at Bursledon, launched on 10 October 1747 and sold in June 1773.
The Fourth Anson
Within five years the fourth Anson had appeared, a 74-gun 3rd Rate launched on the Humber on 11 May 1812. She moved on to harbour service in January 1831, and was converted to a prison ship in 1844; she transported prisoners to Australia and was broken up in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1851.
The Eighth Anson
The next Anson, a 35,000-ton battleship, was renamed early in build at the John Brown yard, and she rattled down the slipway on 28 February 1940 as HMS Duke of York. The name was reassigned to another ship, initially to be called the Jellicoe, and this, the seventh Anson, was duly launched by Swan Hunter on 24 February 1940. She saw service on Arctic convoys and in the Far East, and was sent for breaking up in December 1957.
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