HMS Courageux (1800)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Courageux.
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Courageux
Ordered: 6 November 1794
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Laid down: October 1797
Launched: 26 March 1800
Fate: Broken up, 1832
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1772 (bm)
Length: 181 ft (55 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 1 in (14.35 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 10 in (6.05 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns

Upper gundeck: 30 × 24-pounder guns
QD: 12 × 9-pounder guns

Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Courageux was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 26 March 1800 at Deptford. She was designed by Sir John Henslow as one of the large class 74-gun ships, and was the only ship built to her draught. Unlike the middling class and common class 74-gun ships, which carried 18-pounder long guns, as a large 74-gun ship, Courageux carried 24-pounders on her upper gun deck.[1]

In 1806 and 1807 she is known to have been under the command of James Bissett.[2]

Courageux was placed on harbour service in 1814, and was broken up in 1832.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol. 1, p. 184.
  2. ^ Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy, David Bonner Smith


  • 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.