HMS Plantagenet (1801)

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Name: HMS Plantagenet
Ordered: 6 November 1794
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Laid down: November 1798
Launched: 22 October 1801
Fate: Broken up, 1817
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1777 (bm)
Length: 181 ft (55 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft (14 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 24-pounder guns
  • QD: 12 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Plantagenet was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 22 October 1801 at Woolwich. She was designed by Sir William Rule as one of the 'large class' 74s, and was the only ship built to her draught. As a large 74, she carried 24-pounder guns on her upper gun deck instead of the 18-pounder guns found on the middling and common class 74s.[1]


In 1803 she and Rosario captured the French privateer sloop Atalante, of 22 guns, after a chase of nine hours. The Royal Navy took Atalante into service as Hawk.[2]

In June 1804 Plantagenet, Captain De Courcy, escorted the China Fleet of the British East India Company from [{Saint Helena]] back to England. This was the fleet that had scared off a French squadron of warships in the Battle of Pulo Aura.[3]

During the War of 1812, as the ship was moored near Norfolk, Virginia, attempts were made to destroy her with torpedoes built to Robert Fulton's specifications, but this came to nothing.[4]


Plantagenet was broken up in 1817.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p184.
  2. ^ "No. 15607". The London Gazette. 2 August 1803. p. 963. 
  3. ^ Hardy and Hardy (1811), pp. 119-125.
  4. ^ ""Yankey Torpedo" Adventures". Retrieved 8 July 2014. 


  • 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.