HMS Hercules (1759)
Model of a 74-gun ship, third rate, circa 1760. Thought to be either HMS Hercules or HMS Thunderer from 1760.
|Ordered:||15 July 1756|
|Launched:||15 March 1759|
|Fate:||Sold out of the service, 1784|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Hercules-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1608 34⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||166 ft 6 in (50.75 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||46 ft 6 in (14.17 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
The ship took part in the Battle of the Saintes on 12 April 1782 against a French fleet, where she suffered six killed and 18 wounded. She was the third ship in the part of the British line of battle which broke the enemy's line astern of the French flagship Ville de Paris.
She was sold out of the service in 1784.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
- Willis, Fighting Ships 1750-1850, p. 50
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