HMS Director (1784)
|Ordered:||2 August 1780|
|Laid down:||November 1779|
|Launched:||9 March 1784|
|Fate:||Broken up, Chatham, January 1801|
|General characteristics |
|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)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
HMS Director was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 9 March 1784 at Gravesend. 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. 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.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 182.
- The Naval Mutinies of 1797
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