HMS Triumph (1764)
|Ordered:||21 May 1757|
|Launched:||3 March 1764|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1850|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Valiant-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1825 (bm)|
|Length:||172 ft (52 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||49 ft 8 in (15.14 m)|
|Depth of hold:||22 ft 5 in (6.83 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
In 1810 Triumph and Phipps, salvaged a large load of elemental mercury from a wrecked Spanish vessel near Cadiz, Spain. The bladders containing the mercury soon ruptured and the crew were poisoned by mercury vapour.
Triumph was on harbour service from 1813, but was not broken up until 1850.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
- M. P. Earles: A Case of Mass Poisoning With Mercury Vapour on Board H.M.S. Triumph at Cadiz, 1810. In: Medical History. July 1964, vol. 8(3), p. 281–286, online at NCBI
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