HMS Dragon (1760)

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The bombardment of Morro Castle on Havana -
HMS Dragon, centre
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Name: HMS Dragon
Ordered: 28 December 1757
Builder: Deptford Dockyard to a design by Sir Thomas Slade
Laid down: 28 March 1758
Launched: 4 March 1760
Commissioned: March 1760
Fate: Sold out of the service, 1784
Notes: Harbour service from 1781
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Bellona-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 16147394 (bm)
  • 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
  • 137 ft 11 in (42.04 m) (keel)
Beam: 46 ft 11 in (14.30 m)
Draught: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
  • 74 guns:
  • Lower gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Dragon was a 74-gun Bellona-class third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 4 March 1760 at Deptford Dockyard.[1]

She was commissioned in 1760, under the command of the Hon. Augustus Hervey, as part of the Western Squadron. In October 1761 she sailed for the Leeward Islands, and until March 1763 was engaged in naval operations in the Caribbean, including the siege of Havannah in 1762.[2][3] as part of the Seven Years' War.

In March 1763 she was paid off, and recommissioned as a guardship at Portsmouth in May 1763, where she served until once again paid off in 1770.From 1781 she was employed as a receiving ship at Portsmouth, before being finally paid off in 1783, and she was sold out of the service in 1784.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 176.
  2. ^ a b National Maritime Museum Warship Histories Archived 2 August 2011 at the UK Government Web Archive, Vessel ID 365713
  3. ^ White, William (1849). Notes and Queries: A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc. Oxford University Press. p. 43. 

This article includes data donated from the National Maritime Museum Warship Histories project


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