HMS Irresistible (1782)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Irresistible
Ordered: 8 July 1778
Builder: Barnard, Harwich
Laid down: October 1778
Launched: 6 December 1782
Honours and

Participated in:

Fate: Broken up, 1806
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Albion-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1643 (bm)
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns

Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns

Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Irresistible was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 6 December 1782 at Harwich.[1]

She fought at the Battle of Groix in 1795, and at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797 and captured two Spanish frigates at the Action of 26 April 1797.

Irresistible was broken up in 1806.[1]

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.


  • 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.