HMS Boston (1762)
|Ordered:||24 March 1761|
|Builder:||Robert Inwood, Rotherhithe|
|Laid down:||5 May 1761|
|Launched:||11 May 1762|
|Completed:||16 July 1762 at Deptford Dockyard|
|Fate:||Taken to pieces at Plymouth, May 1811|
|Class and type:||Richmond-class fifth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||676 67⁄94 bm|
|Beam:||34 ft 4 1⁄2 in (10.478 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft 0 1⁄2 in (3.670 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||210 officers and men|
HMS Boston was a 32-gun Richmond-class fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1762. She served during the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary War, and was broken up in 1811.
On 16 April 1797, Boston was 18 leagues (87 km) north north east of Cape Finisterre when after a six-hour chase she captured the French privateer Enfant de la Patrie, of 16 guns and 130 men. Enfant de la Patrie was eight days out of Bordeaux but had not taken anything. The captain of the privateer was drunk, and so decided to resist, firing his guns, small arms, and running his vessel into Boston. His rashness resulted in five of his crew being killed, ten wounded, and he himself drowning.
- Robert Gardiner, The First Frigates, Conway Maritime Press, London 1992. ISBN 0-85177-601-9.
- David Lyon, The Sailing Navy List, Conway Maritime Press, London 1993. ISBN 0-85177-617-5.
- Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714–17927: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 978-1844157006.
- Media related to HMS Boston (ship, 1762) at Wikimedia Commons
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