HMS Audacious (1785)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Audacious.
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Name: HMS Audacious
Builder: Randall, Rotherhithe
Laid down: August 1783
Launched: 23 July 1785
Fate: Broken up, August 1815
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Arrogant class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1624 bm
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders

HMS Audacious was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 July 1785 at Rotherhithe.[1] She was the first ship to bear the name.

She took part in the Battle of the Nile, under Captain Davidge Gould, where she engaged the French ship Conquérant and helped to force her surrender.

She was finally broken up in August 1815.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 180.