HMS Hero (1759)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Hero.
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Hero
Ordered: 25 May 1756
Builder: Plymouth Dockyard
Launched: 28 March 1759
Fate: Broken up, 1810
Notes: Prison ship from 1793
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1574 tons (1600.3 tonnes)
Length: 166 ft 6 in (50.75 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 8 in (14.22 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Hero was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, designed by Sir Thomas Slade and launched on 28 March 1759 from Plymouth Dockyard. She was the only ship built to her draught.[1]

Under the command of Captain Theophilus Jones, she took part in the 1783 Battle of Cuddalore.[2]

She was converted to a prison ship in 1793, and was eventually broken up in 1810.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
  2. ^ The United Service Magazine. 1836. pp. 95–6. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

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.