HMS Temple

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Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
Name: HMS Temple
Ordered: 9 September 1756
Builder: Blades, Hull
Launched: 3 November 1758
Fate: Wrecked, 1762
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 68-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 14287694 (bm)
Length: 160 ft (49 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 45 ft (14 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 4 in (5.89 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • 68 guns:
  • Gundeck: 26 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 12 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs

HMS Temple was a 68-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 3 November 1758 at Hull.[1]

Commissioned in January 1759 under the command of Washington Shirley, she saw service at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in November.[2]

The following year, in March 1760, she sailed for the West Indies under Captain Lucius O'Brien. With the aid of the cutter Griffin, in September of that year she recaptured the sloop Virgin off Grenada.[2]

Temple operated as part of the fleet at the capture of Havana in 1762, under the command of Julian Legge. However, in December of that year, she foundered at sea and was lost.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p177.
  2. ^ a b c "NMM, vessel ID 377150" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol x. National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 


  • 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.