HMS Ardent (1796)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Ardent
Builder: Pitcher, Northfleet
Launched: 9 April 1796
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Fate: Broken up, 1824
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 64-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1422 bm
Length: 173 ft 3 in (52.81 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 43 ft 1 in (13.13 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 8 in (5.99 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 64 guns of various weights of shot

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 was purchased by the Navy after the outbreak of the French Revolutionary War.[1]

In 1801, Ardent took part in the Battle of Copenhagen. In 1808 she was assigned to convoy duty, escorting British merchantmen between The Nore and Gothenburg.[2]

She was placed on harbour service in 1812, and broken up in 1824.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 186.
  2. ^ 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): 436. 


  • 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.