HMS Antigua (1779)

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Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Antigua
Namesake: Antigua, an island in the West Indies
In service: August 1779
Fate: Sold 12 January 1792
General characteristics
Type: Sloop
Armament: 14 guns

HMS Antigua was a 14-gun sloop that served in the British Royal Navy from 1779 to 1792. In contemporary records she is sometimes referred to as "His Majesty's armed brig Antigua".

American Revolutionary War[edit]

Between 1780 and 1782 she was under the command of Lieutenant Robert Barton,[1] and captured several prizes.

  • At some point she captured the American privateer Nancy.[2]
  • On 25 December 1780 she captured two Dutch ships, the Vrouw Elizabeth and Stad Workum.[3]
  • On 9 August 1781 she retook the French privateer Defiance.[4]
  • On 23 December 1781 she was in company with Squirrel, Dunkirk, and Cambridge at the capture of the Dutch ship De Vrow Esther.[5]
  • On 28 April 1782, Antigua and the cutter Viper brought into Waterford a French privateer lugger and her prize. The prize was a sloop that had been sailing from London to Cork with merchandise when the privateer took her.[6]

Antigua was in service in August 1789.


Antigua was sold on 12 January 1792.[7]


  1. ^ "NMM, vessel ID 380007" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol v. National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "no. 12150". The London Gazette. 2 January 1781. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "no. 12394". The London Gazette. 3 December 1782. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "no. 12436". The London Gazette. 29 April 1783. pp. 3–4. 
  5. ^ "no. 12678". The London Gazette. 30 August 1785. p. 410. 
  6. ^ "no. 12293". The London Gazette. 4 May 1782. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Colledge, p. 34.


  • Colledge, J.J. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of All Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy From the Fifteenth Century to the Present. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1987. ISBN 0-87021-652-X.

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