HMS Centaur (1759)

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For other ships with the same name, see HMS Centaur and French ship Centaure.
Sinking of centaur.jpg
Sinking of the Centaur,
engraving after James Northcote
French Royal Navy EnsignFrance
Name: Centaure
Launched: 1757
Captured: 18 August 1759, by Royal Navy
Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
Name: HMS Centaur
Acquired: 18 August 1759
Fate: Wrecked, 1782
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1739
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)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 74 guns of various weights of shot

Centaure was a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, launched at Toulon in 1757.

The Royal Navy captured Centaure at the Battle of Lagos[2] on 18 August 1759, and commissioned her as the Third Rate HMS Centaur.[1]


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.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 178.
  2. ^ a b Ships of the Old Navy, Centaur.