HMS Eagle (1745)

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Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Eagle
Ordered: 10 April 1744
Builder: Barnard, Harwich
Launched: 2 December 1745
Fate: Sold, 1767
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 1741 proposals 58-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,130 long tons (1,148.1 t)
Length: 147 ft (44.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 42 ft (12.8 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 1 in (5.5 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 58 guns:
  • Gundeck: 24 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 24 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 8 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 6 pdrs

HMS Eagle was a 58-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Harwich to the dimensions laid down in the 1741 proposals of the 1719 Establishment, and launched on 2 December 1745.[1] She was under the command of George Rodney between 1747 and 1748 during the War of the Austrian Succession. Eagle is also notable as being the ship in which James Cook began his career in the Royal Navy, serving from 1755 to 1757 as able seaman, master's mate and finally boatswain[2] under Captain Joseph Hamar for his first year aboard, and Captain Hugh Palliser thereafter.[3]

Eagle was sold out of Navy service in 1767.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p172.
  2. ^ Beaglehole 1968, p. cvii
  3. ^ Robson, John (2009). Captain Cook's War and Peace: The Royal Navy Years 1755-1768. University of New South Wales Press. pp. 19–25. ISBN 9781742231099. 


  • Beaglehole, J.C., ed. (1968). The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery, vol. I:The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768–1771. Cambridge University Press. OCLC 223185477. 
  • 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.