HMS Belliqueux (1758)
|Captured:||2 November 1758, by Royal Navy|
|Acquired:||2 November 1758|
|Fate:||Broken up, September 1772|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||64-gun third rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1371 80⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||157 ft 10 1⁄2 in (48.1 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||44 ft 10 1⁄2 in (13.7 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Armament:||64 guns of various weights of shot|
She was captured on 2 November 1758 by HMS Antelope in the Irish Sea. She was found by Antelope anchored off Ilfracombe, Antelope opened fire but the French ship surrendered without having fired a shot in return. The crew of 500 was captured. :11She was taken into the Royal Navy and commissioned as the third rate HMS Belliqueux.
The captains were:
- from November 1758: captain Thomas Saumarez, in the West Indies (quit due to ill health)
- from 1761: captain Richard Edwards, in the Mediterranean.
Belliqueux was broken up in September 1772.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1. p.178.
- Ross, Sir John. Memoirs of Admiral de Saumarez Vol 1.
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