HMS Director (1784)

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H.M.S. Director 1784 with St Helena in the distance RMG PY0742 (cropped).jpg
HMS Director
Royal Navy EnsignUK
Name: HMS Director
Ordered: 2 August 1780
Builder: Clevely, Gravesend
Laid down: November 1779
Launched: 9 March 1784
Fate: Broken up, Chatham, January 1801
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 64-gun St Albans-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1388 (bm)
Length: 159 ft (48.5 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 4 in (13.5 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 10 in (5.7 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 26 × 24-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 10 × 4-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Director was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 9 March 1784 at Gravesend.[1] She was laid down speculatively in November 1779, and ordered by the Navy the following year.

In 1797 Director was under the command of Captain William Bligh. In early 1797 he surveyed the Humber, preparing a map of the stretch from Spurn to the west of Sunk Island. In May, the crew mutinied during the Nore mutiny.[2] The mutiny was not triggered by any specific actions by Bligh. On 12 October she took part in the Battle of Camperdown, where she captured the Dutch commander, Vice-Admiral Jan de Winter, and his flagship, Vrijheid.

H.M.S. Director 1784, at St Helena with a view of Jamestown


Director was decommissioned in July 1800 and broken up at Chatham in January 1801.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 182.
  2. ^ The Naval Mutinies of 1797


  • 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.
  • Winfield, Rif (2005) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817 - Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.