HMS Ardent (1782)

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Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ardent
Ordered: 9 September 1779
Builder: Staves & Parsons, Bursledon
Laid down: October 1780
Launched: 21 December 1782
Fate: Blown up, 1794
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Crown-class ship of the line
Type: Third rate
Tons burthen: 1387 (bm)
Length: 160 ft 5 in (48.90 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 10 in (13.67 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 3 12 in (5.880 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:

64 guns
Gundeck: 26 × 24-pounder guns
Upper gundeck: 26 × 18-pounder guns
QD: 10 × 4-pounder guns

Fc: 2 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Ardent was a Royal Navy 64-gun third rate. This ship of the line was launched on 21 December 1782 at Bursledon, Hampshire.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1784 she was under the command of Captain Harry Harmood, serving as a guard ship at Portsmouth.

In 1793 she was under the command of Captain Robert Manners Sutton, sailing with Vice-Admiral Lord Hood at Toulon in August. She was part of a force detached under Robert Linzee to take part in the attack on Corsica in September.

Fate[edit]

In April 1794 Ardent was stationed off the harbour of Villa Franca, to watch two French frigates.[2] It is presumed that she caught fire and blew up. Berwick encountered some wreckage while cruising in the Gulf of Genoa in the summer that suggested fire and an explosion.[3] A part of Ardent's quarter deck with some gunlocks deeply embedded in it was found floating in the area, as was splinter netting driven into planking.[3] No trace was ever found of her crew of 500.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 181.
  2. ^ a b Gossett *1986), p. 4.
  3. ^ a b Hepper (1994), p. 76.

References[edit]

  • Gossett, William Patrick (1986). The lost ships of the Royal Navy, 1793-1900. Mansell. ISBN 0-7201-1816-6. 
  • Hepper, David J. (1994) British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail, 1650-1859. (Rotherfield: Jean Boudriot). ISBN 0-948864-30-3
  • 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.

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