HMS Saturn (1786)

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Name: HMS Saturn
Ordered: 22 December 1781
Builder: Raymond, Northam
Laid down: August 1782
Launched: 22 November 1786
Honours and
Fate: Broken up, 1868
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Arrogant class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1646 bm
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Saturn was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 22 November 1786 at Northam.[1]

In 1801, Capt. Boyles she served in the Channel Fleet. Then under Capt. Robert Lambert she sailed with Admiral Sir Hyde Parker's expedition to the Baltic. She was present at the Battle of Copenhagen as part of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker's reserve.[2]

Saturn was reduced to a 58-gun ship in 1813 at the Plymouth dockyards in preparation for service in the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States. On 14 February 1814, under Capt. James Nash, the Saturn sailed for Bermuda, then later she was on the Halifax station. She then served as part of the blockading-squadron off New York until the War of 1812 ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. From January 1815, Capt. Thomas Brown, assumed command until in April 1815 Capt. Nash was back in command.[2]

From 1825 Saturn was on harbour service at Milford Haven. The last survivor of her twelve sister ships, she was broken up in 1868.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.
  2. ^ a b "HMS Saturn (1786)". Michael Phillips’ Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 19 Dec 2011. 


  • 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.