Courageux-class ship of the line

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Class overview
Name: Courageux
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Ganges-class
Succeeded by: Fame-class
In service: 21 January 1783 - 1848
Completed: 8
Lost: 2
General characteristics
Type: Ship of the line
Length:

Standard:
172 ft 3 in (52.5 m) (gundeck)
140 ft 5¼ in (42.8 m) (keel)

Lengthened:
172 ft 3½ in (52.5 m) (gundeck)
140 ft 5¼ in (42.8 m) (keel)

Modified:
180 ft (54.9 m) (gundeck)

147 ft 7 in (45 m) (keel)
Beam:

Standard, Lengthened:
47 ft 9 in (14.6 m)

Modified:

48 ft ¾ in (14.6 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament:

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders
Notes: Ships in class include: Carnatic, Colossus, Leviathan, Minotaur, Aboukir, Bombay, Blake, San Domingo

The Courageux-class ships of the line were a class of six 74-gun third rates of the Royal Navy. Their design was a direct copy of the French ship Courageux, captured in 1761 by HMS Bellona. This class of ship is sometimes referred to as the Leviathan-class. A further two ships of the class were built to a slightly lengthened version of the Courageux draught. A final two ships were ordered to a third modification of the draught.

Ships[edit]

Standard group[edit]

Builder: Dudman, Deptford
Ordered: 14 July 1779
Launched: 21 January 1783
Fate: Broken up, 1825
Builder: Clevely, Gravesend
Ordered: 13 December 1781
Launched: 4 April 1787
Fate: Wrecked, 1798
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Ordered: 9 December 1779
Launched: 9 October 1790
Fate: Sold out of the service, 1848
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Ordered: 3 December 1782
Launched: 6 November 1793
Fate: Wrecked, 1810

Lengthened group[edit]

Builder: Brindley, Frindsbury
Ordered: 24 November 1802
Launched: 18 November 1807
Fate: Sold, 1838
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Ordered: 23 July 1805
Launched: 28 March 1808
Fate: Broken up, 1825

Modified group[edit]

Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Ordered: 30 October 1805
Launched: 23 August 1808
Fate: Sold, 1816
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Ordered: 30 October 1805
Launched: 3 March 1809
Fate: Sold, 1816

References[edit]

  • 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.