HMS Terrible (1762)

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Name: HMS Terrible
Ordered: 8 January 1761
Builder: Barnard, Harwich
Launched: 4 September 1762
Fate: Burned, 1781
Notes:
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Ramillies-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1644
Length: 168 ft 6 in (51.36 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 11 in (14.30 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Terrible was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 4 September 1762 at Harwich, England.[1]

In the English Channel, in 1777, under Captain Richard Bickerton, she took an American privateer brig called the Rising States, Capt Thompson.[2]

In 1778 she fought at the First Battle of Ushant, and in 1781 Terrible was part of Sir Thomas Graves' fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake. During the course of the battle, she took heavy damage, and was scuttled by burning after the battle had ended.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p177.
  2. ^ Log of Captain Richard Bickerton, HMS Terrible, 15 and 16 April 1777. Primary source transcribed on blog site http://paulinespiratesandprivateers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/history-aboard-terrible.html accessed 6 Dec 2015
  3. ^ Larrabee, Harold A (1964). Decision at the Chesapeake. New York: Clarkson N. Potter. p. 220-222. OCLC 426234. 

References[edit]

  • 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.