HMS Swallow (1703)

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Name: HMS Swallow
Builder: Harding, Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 10 February 1703
Fate: Broken up, 1728
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 673 bm
Length: 130 ft (39.6 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 34 ft 6 in (10.5 m)
Depth of hold: 13 ft 6 in (4.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 50 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1719 rebuild[2]
Class and type: 1706 Establishment 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 711 bm
Length: 130 ft (39.6 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 35 ft (10.7 m)
Depth of hold: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 50 guns:
  • Gundeck: 22 × 18 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 9 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 6 pdrs

HMS Swallow was a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Deptford Dockyard and launched on 10 February 1703.[1]

Swallow was rebuilt according to the 1706 Establishment at Chatham Dockyard, and was relaunched on 25 March 1719. Captain Chaloner Ogle commanded Swallow off the West African coast from 1721 and the following year engaged and defeated several pirate ships. Their commander Bartholomew Roberts was killed, and Ogle received a knighthood for his actions. Swallow continued to serve until 1728, when she was broken up.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p166.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p168.

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