VIII. The Albion: Introductory note

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The Barrington Papers, Vol. 77. Originally published by Navy Record Society, London, 1937.

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In September 1770 the Falkland Islands dispute threatened war with Spain. Captain Barrington offered his services and was appointed to command the Albion, a 3rd rate of 74 guns. The Albion was fitting out at Chatham; she sailed for Blackstakes on November 3rd, to take in her guns; and on her arrival at the Nore was ordered to Spithead. She lay at Spithead from December 1770 till May 1771 when, the crisis having been passed, she was ordered to Plymouth and reduced to a Guard Ship.

Barrington's Order Book ends in October 1771; the subsequent volume is missing.

The Albion was present at the Royal Review at Spithead in June 1773. On September 26th, 1773, Captain Barrington gave up the command of the ship to Captain Leveson Gower.