HMS Brilliant (1779)
His Majesty's Ship Brilliant, of 28 guns: Engaging and Beating off Two Republican Frigates
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Ordered:||9 October 1776|
|Builder:||Henry Adams, Bucklers Hard|
|Laid down:||February 1777|
|Launched:||15 July 1779|
|Completed:||4 September 1779 (at Portsmouth Dockyard)|
|Fate:||Taken to pieces at Portsmouth in November 1811|
|Class & type:||28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||599 82⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||120 ft 6 1⁄4 in (36.735 m) (overall)
99 ft 6 in (30.33 m) (keel)
|Beam:||33 ft 8 in (10.3 m)|
|Depth of hold:||11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||200 officers and men|
Between July 1796 and October 1798 Brilliant's captain was Henry Blackwood. On 27 July, at Tenerife, Brilliant observed the frigates Vertu and Régénérée preparing to sail for Rochefort. At 6, the French frigates sailed and started firing on Brilliant; Régénérée was closing in on her opponent when Vertu, which had sailed large, touched the wind; Régénérée imitated her manoeuver, but lost her mizzen and bowsprit, allowing Brilliant to flee. Vertu gave chase, but could not overhaul her opponent and returned to Tenerife. There, Régénérée replaced her rigging, and both frigates eventually arrived in Rochefort on 5 September.
On 8 September 1800 Brilliant sent the prize Dragon into Plymouth. She was a packet of 14 guns, bound for L'Orient from Guadeloupe and carrying a cargo of cocoa, coffee, indigo and cotton.
She was broken up at Portsmouth in November 1811.
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