HMS Formidable (1777)

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Le Formidable Les Saintes.JPG
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Formidable
Ordered: 17 August 1768
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: November 1768
Launched: 20 August 1777
Honours and
awards:

Participated in:

Fate: Broken up, 1813
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Barfleur-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1934 bm
Length: 177 ft 6 in (54.10 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 50 ft 3 in (15.32 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 750 officers and men
Armament:

90 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Middle gundeck: 30 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 12 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs


98 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Middle gundeck: 30 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarter deck: 8 × 12 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs

HMS Formidable was a 90-gun second rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 20 August 1777 at Chatham. During her career, her armament was increased to 98-guns.[1]

In 1782, Formidable served as Admiral Rodney's flagship at the Battle of the Saintes.

She was broken up in 1813.[1]

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 179.

References[edit]

  • 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.