HMS Hero (1803)

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The wreck of HMS Hero in the Texel, 25 December 1811.jpg
The wreck of HMS Hero in the Texel, 25 December 1811
History
Great Britain
Name: HMS Hero
Ordered: 24 June 1800
Builder: Perry, Blackwall Yard
Laid down: August 1800
Launched: 18 August 1803
Honours and
awards:
Fate: Wrecked, 1811
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fame-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1743 (bm)
Length: 175 ft (53 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 530
Armament:
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Hero was a 74-gun third rate of the Royal Navy, launched on 18 August 1803 at Blackwall Yard.[1]

She took part in Admiral Robert Calder's action at the Battle of Cape Finisterre in 1805.[2]

On 25 December 1811 Hero, under captain James Newman-Newman, was wrecked on the Haak Sands at the mouth of the Texel during a gale, with the loss of all but 12 of her crew.[2][3]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p185.
  2. ^ a b Michael Phillips. Hero (74) (1803). Michael Phillips' Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
  3. ^ Gossett (1986), p. 92.

References[edit]

  • Gossett, William Patrick (1986). The lost ships of the Royal Navy, 1793-1900. Mansell. ISBN 0-7201-1816-6.
  • 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.