HMS Ardent (1796)
Ardent off Lowestoft on 16 October 1797
|Launched:||9 April 1796|
|Acquired:||March 1795 (on the stocks)|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1824|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||64-gun third-rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1,41624⁄94 (bm)|
|Beam:||43 ft 0 in (13.11 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
HMS Ardent was a 64-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 9 April 1796 at Northfleet. She had been designed and laid down for the British East India Company who was going to name her Princess Royal, but the Navy purchased her before launching, for service as a warship in the French Revolutionary War.
On 11 October 1797 she took part in the Battle of Camperdown.
In 1801, Ardent took part in the Battle of Copenhagen.
On 28 November 1803, Ardent gave chase to the French corvette Bayonnaise in Finisterre Bay. The corvette's crew ran her ashore and then set fire to her prevent the British from capturing her. Captain Winthrop of Ardent described Bayonnaise as a frigate of 32 guns and 220 men, which had been sailing from Havana to Ferrol. Actually, Bayonnaise was armed en flute with only six 8-pounder guns, and was returning from the Antilles.
She was placed on harbour service in 1812. In 1813 she was converted into a prison hulk at Bermuda. In 1824 she was broken up there.
Citations and references
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- Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7.
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- Media related to HMS Ardent (ship, 1796) at Wikimedia Commons