HMS Superb (1760)

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History
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Name: HMS Superb
Ordered: 28 December 1757
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Laid down: 12 April 1758
Launched: 27 October 1760
Commissioned: November 1760
Fate: Sank, 1783
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Bellona-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 16121494 (bm)
Length:
  • 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
  • 137 ft 11.25 in (42.0434 m) (keel)
Beam: 46 ft 10.5 in (14.288 m)
Draught: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament:
  • 74 guns:
  • Lower gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Superb was a 74-gun Bellona-class third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 27 October 1760 at Deptford Dockyard.[1]

The Superb was Admiral Edward Hughes's flagship in India in 1782 during a notable series of engagements with the French under Suffren.

On 20 June 1783 the Superb took part in the Battle of Cuddalore before returning to Bombay for copper sheathing along her hull. On 7 November she developed a severe leak through the sheathing into the bilge, and sank in Tellicherry Roads off the Bombay coast.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
  2. ^ Winfield 2007, p.63

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003). The Ship of the Line – Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650–1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0851772528. 
  • Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792. London: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781844157006.