HMS Caesar (1793)
HMS Caesar engaging Mont Blanc at the Battle of Cape Ortegal, 4 November 1805
|Laid down:||24 January 1786|
|Launched:||16 November 1793|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1821|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||80-gun third rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1992 tons (2024 tonnes)|
|Length:||181 ft (55 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||51 ft 3 in (15.62 m)|
|Depth of hold:||22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
HMS Caesar, also Cæsar, was an 80-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 16 November 1793 at Plymouth. She was designed by Sir Edward Hunt, and was the only ship built to her draught. She was also one of only two British-built 80-gun ships of the period, the other being HMS Foudroyant (1798).
Battle of Algeciras Bay
Battle of Cape Ortegal
The Battle of Cape Ortegal was the final action of the Trafalgar Campaign, and was fought between a squadron of the Royal Navy and a remnant of the fleet that had been destroyed several weeks earlier at the Battle of Trafalgar. It took place on 4 November 1805 off Cape Ortegal, in north-west Spain and saw a squadron under Captain Sir Richard Strachan in Caesar defeat and capture a French squadron under Rear-Admiral Pierre Dumanoir le Pelley.
Battle of Les Sables-d'Olonne
In 1809, she took part in the Battle of Les Sables-d'Olonne.
She was converted to serve as a depot ship in 1814, and was broken up in 1821.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 183.
- McCarthy, The Road to McCarthy. p.10
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