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HMS Rodney was a two-deck 90-gun second rate ship of the line
A ship of the line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th through the mid-19th century to take part in the naval tactic known as the line of battle, in which two columns of opposing warships would manoeuvre to bring the greatest weight of broadside guns to bear...
of the Royal Navy
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, launched on 18 June 1833 at Pembroke Dockyard.
Rodney was the ship where William Hall (VC), later to become the first Black man and one of the first Canadians to win the Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories....
, began his naval career in 1852.
Rodney was fitted with screw propulsion in 1860, and was broken up in 1882.