VIII. THE ALBION
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.