HMS Irresistible (1782)

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Name: HMS Irresistible
Ordered: 8 July 1778
Builder: Barnard, Harwich
Laid down: October 1778
Launched: 6 December 1782
Fate: Broken up, 1806
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Albion-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1643 (bm)
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Irresistible was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 6 December 1782 at Harwich.[1]


Irresistible captured the French privateer Quatre frères in April 1797 in the Mediterranean.[2] The Royal Navy took her into service as HMS Transfer.

Irresistible fought at the Battle of Groix in 1795, and at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797 and captured two Spanish frigates at the Action of 26 April 1797.


Irresistible was broken up in 1806.[1]

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.
  2. ^ "no. 15339". The London Gazette. 21 February 1801. p. 222. 


  • 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.