HMS Ardent (1796)
|Launched:||9 April 1796|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1824|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||64-gun third rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||141624⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||173 ft 3 in (52.81 m) (overall)
144 ft 0 in (43.89 m) (keel)
|Beam:||43 ft 0 in (13.11 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Armament:||Lower deck:26 x 24-pounder guns
Upper deck:26 x 18-pounder guns
HMS Ardent was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 9 April 1796 at Northfleet. She had been designed and laid down for the Honourable East India Company, but the Navy purchased her after the outbreak of the French Revolutionary War.
In 1801, Ardent took part in the Battle of Copenhagen.
On 28 November 1803, Ardent gave chase to the corvette Bayonnaise in Finisterre Bay. The corvette's crew ran her ashore and then set fire to her prevent the British from capturing her. Captain Winthrop of Ardent described Bayonnaise as a frigate of 32 guns and 220 men, which had been sailing from Havana to Ferrol. Actually, Bayonnaise was armed en flute with only six 8-pounder guns, and was returning from the Antilles.
She was placed on harbour service in 1812, and broken up in 1824.
Citations and references
- Winfield (2008), p.104.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 186.
- The London Gazette: . 24 December 1803.
- WInfield and Roberts (2015 forthcoming), Chap. 6.
- Barney (2009), p.436.
- Barney, John (November 2009). "North Sea and Baltic Convoy 1793-1814: As Experienced by Merchant Masters Employed by Michael Henley and Son". Mariner's Mirror (Avenel, NJ: The Society for Nautical Research) 95 (4). doi:10.1080/00253359.2009.10657115.
- 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.
- Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
- Winfield, Rif & Stephen S Roberts (2015 Forthcoming) French Warships in the Age of Sail 1786 - 1862: Design Construction, Careers and Fates. (Seaforth Publishing). ISBN 9781848322042
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