HMS Hercules (1759)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Hercules.
Ship of 74-gun model 1760.jpg
Model of a 74-gun ship, 3rd rate, circa 1760. Thought to be either HMS Hercules or HMS Thunderer from 1760.
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Name: HMS Hercules
Ordered: 15 July 1756
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 15 March 1759
Fate: Sold out of the service, 1784
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Hercules-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1608 tons (1633.8 tonnes)
Length: 166 ft 6 in (50.75 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 6 in (14.17 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 74 guns:
  • Lower gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarter deck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Hercules was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 15 March 1759 at Deptford Dockyard.[1]

The ship took part in the Battle of the Saintes on the 12th April 1782 against a French fleet, where she suffered 6 killed and 18 wounded. She was the third ship in the part of the British line of battle which broke the enemy's line astern of the French flagship Ville de Paris.[2]

She was sold out of the service in 1784.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
  2. ^ Willis, Fighting Ships 1750-1850, p. 50

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.
  • Willis, Sam (2007) Fighting Ships 1750-1850 Quercus. ISBN 1-84724-171-9.