HMS Trent (1757)

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Name: HMS Trent
Ordered: 5 May 1757
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Laid down: 19 May 1757
Launched: 31 October 1757
Completed: 23 November 1757
Commissioned: September 1757
Fate: Sold to be taken to pieces at Portsmouth 26 January 1764
General characteristics
Class and type: 28-gun Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 587 3094 bm
  • 118 ft 5.5 in (36.1 m) (gundeck)
  • 97 ft 5 in (29.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 8 in (10.3 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200 officers and men
  • 28 guns comprising:
  • Upperdeck: 24 × 9-pounder guns
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 3-pounder guns
  • 12 × ½-pdr swivel guns

HMS Trent was a 28-gun Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy.


The Trent was one of five frigates of the class built of fir rather than oak. Fir was cheaper and more abundant than oak and permitted noticeably faster construction, but at a cost of a reduced lifespan; the four fir-built Coventry-class vessels that did not get captured lasted an average of only nine years before being struck off.