HMS Sandwich (1759)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Sandwich.
Holman, Cape St Vincent.jpg
The moonlight Battle off Cape St Vincent, 16 January 1780 by Francis Holman, painted 1780 shows the Santo Domingo exploding, with Rodney's flagship Sandwich in the foreground.
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Sandwich
Ordered: 22 November 1755
Builder: Chatham dockyard
Launched: 14 April 1759
Honours and
Participated in:
Battle of Cape St Vincent
Fate: Broken up, 1810
Notes: Floating battery from 1780; harbour service from 1790
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Sandwich-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1869 tons bm
Length: 176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 49 ft (15 m)
Depth of hold: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 90 guns:
Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
Middle gundeck: 30 × 18 pdrs
Upper gundeck: 30 × 12 pdrs
Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs

HMS Sandwich was a 90-gun second rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 14 April 1759 at Chatham.[1]

Sandwich participated in the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1780, where she served as Admiral Rodney's flagship.

She was converted to serve as a floating battery in 1780, and from 1790 she was on harbour service. Sandwich was broken up in 1810.[1]

She was Richard Parker's "flagship" in the 1797 Nore Mutiny made up of 28 ships. The ship was later used to hang the leaders of the mutiny.

Ghost ship in Trafalgar[edit]

HMS Sandwich fires into the French flagship Bucentaure (the vessel shown completely dismasted in foreground, left of center) at the battle of Trafalgar. Bucentaure also fights HMS Victory (behind her) and HMS Temeraire (left side of the picture). In fact, Sandwich did not fight at Trafalgar; her presence in this painting is due to a mistake by Auguste Mayer, the painter.[2]