French ship Caton (1777)
|Laid down:||April 1770|
|Launched:||5 July 1777|
|Captured:||19 April 1782, by Royal Navy|
|Acquired:||19 April 1782|
|In service:||Registered on 29 January 1783|
|Reclassified:||Hospital ship from August 1790|
|Fate:||Sold on 9 February 1815|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||64-gun third rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1,407 23⁄94 (bm)|
|Beam:||44 ft 0.5 in (13.424 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Complement:||500 (491 from 1794)|
She was captured by the Royal Navy at the Battle of the Mona Passage on 19 April 1782, and commissioned as the third rate HMS Caton. She sailed with the fleet for England on 25 July 1782 but was said to have been lost later that year in a hurricane storm off Newfoundland on 16–17 September, along with the other captured French prize ships Ville de Paris, and Hector. In fact, she struggled to reach Halifax NS.
On January 26, 1783, a small British convoy of eight military transports sailed out of Halifax for England; accompanied by the captured French 64-gun man-of war Le Caton, and escorted by the veteran 36-gun frigate HMS Pallas.
Later she became a prison hospital ship at Plymouth and was placed on harbour service in 1798, and sold out of the service in 1815.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1. p182.
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