HMS Swiftsure (1804)

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'Swiftsure' (1804); 'Victorious' (1808) RMG J3263.png
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Name: HMS Swiftsure
Ordered: 1800
Builder: Henry Adams, Bucklers Hard
Laid down: February 1802
Launched: 23 July 1804
Honours and
Fate: Sold out of the service, 1845
Notes: Receiving ship from 1819
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Swiftsure class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1724 (bm)
Length: 173 ft (53 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 9 in (6.32 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Swiftsure was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched from Bucklers Hard on 23 July 1804.[1] She fought at Trafalgar.

The French 74-gun ship Swiftsure also took part in the battle. She had originally been a British ship that the French had captured in 1801.

Swiftsure became a receiving ship in 1819,[1] In September 1844, she heeled over and sank at Portchester, Hampshire.[2] In November 1844, she was in use as a target ship by HMS Excellent.[3] She was sold out of the service in 1845.[1]

Barker family memorial in St Peter's Church, Edensor with reference to HMS Swiftsure and Trafalgar


  1. ^ a b c d Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p185.
  2. ^ "Naval Intelligence". The Times (18727). London. 27 September 1844. col C, p. 8.
  3. ^ "Naval Intelligence". The Times (18771). London. 18 November 1844. col E, p. 7.


  • 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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