HMS Belliqueux (1758)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Belliqueux.
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Name: Belliqueux
Launched: 1756
Captured: 2 November 1758, by Royal Navy
Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
Name: HMS Belliqueux
Acquired: 2 November 1758
Fate: Broken up, September 1772
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 64-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 13718094 (bm)
Length: 157 ft 10 12 in (48.1 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 10 12 in (13.7 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 64 guns of various weights of shot

Belliqueux was a 64-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched in 1756.

She was captured on 2 November 1758 by HMS Antelope in the Irish Sea.[2] 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. [3]:11She was taken into the Royal Navy and commissioned as the third rate HMS Belliqueux.

The captains were:[2]

  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1. p.178.
  2. ^ a b Ships of the Old Navy, "Belliqueux".
  3. ^ Ross, Sir John. Memoirs of Admiral de Saumarez Vol 1. 


  • 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.
  • Michael Phillips (2007). Belliqueux (64) (1758). Michael Phillips' Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 2009-06-15.