HMS Leviathan (1790)
|Ordered:||9 December 1779|
|Laid down:||May 1782|
|Launched:||9 October 1790|
|Fate:||Sold and broken up, 1848|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Courageux class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1707 89⁄94 (bm)|
|Length:||172 ft 3 in (52.50 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 9 in (14.55 m)|
|Depth of hold:||20 ft 9 1⁄2 in (6.3 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
HMS Leviathan was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the British Royal Navy, launched on 9 October 1790. At the Battle of Trafalgar under Henry William Bayntun, she was near the front of the windward column led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard his flagship, HMS Victory, and captured the Spanish ship San Augustin. A flag said to have been flown by the Leviathan at Trafalgar is to be sold at auction by Arthur Cory in March 2016 - Bayntun is thought to have given it to his friend the Duke of Clarence (later William IV), who then gave it to Arthur Cory's direct ancestor Nicholas Cory, a senior officer on William's royal yacht HMS Royal Sovereign, in thanks for helping the yacht win a race and a bet.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.
- The London Gazette: . 22 May 1804.
- 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.
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