HMS Centaur (1759)
engraving after James Northcote
|Captured:||18 August 1759, by Royal Navy|
|Acquired:||18 August 1759|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||74-gun third rate ship of the line|
|Length:||175 ft 8 in (53.54 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 5 in (14.45 m)|
|Depth of hold:||20 ft (6.1 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Armament:||74 guns of various weights of shot|
In September 1782, the Centaur was one of the ships escorting prizes back to Britain from Jamaica, when she foundered during the 1782 Central Atlantic hurricane near the Newfoundland Banks. Captain John Nicholson Inglefield, along with eleven of his crew, survived the wreck in one of the ship's pinnaces, arriving at the Azores after sailing in an open boat for 16 days without compass quadrant or sail, and only two quart bottles of water; some 400 of her crew perished.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 178.
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
- John Nicholson Inglefield, Captain Inglefield's narrative concerning the loss of the 'Centaur', 1783
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