HMS Veteran (1787)

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Name: HMS Veteran
Ordered: 3 August 1780
Builder: Fabian, East Cowes
Laid down: July 1781
Launched: 14 August 1787
Fate: Broken up, 1816
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 64-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1397 (bm)
Length: 160 ft 6 in (48.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 6 in (13.6 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 5 in (5.9 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 26 × 24-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 10 × 4-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Veteran was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 14 August 1787 at East Cowes. She was designed by Sir Edward Hunt, and was the only ship built to her draught.[1]

At end-February 1798 Veteran and HMS Astraea towed General Eliott in to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, after her crew had abandoned her.[2]

In 1801, Veteran was present at the Battle of Copenhagen, as part of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker's reserve fleet.

In 1805, Veteran was captained by Capt. Andrew Fitzherbert Evans. She subsequently served as the flag-ship of Vice-Admiral Jas. Rich. Dacres,[3] then second in command on the Jamaica Station.

HMS Veteran was broken up in 1816.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 182.
  2. ^ Lloyd's List №2984.
  3. ^ O'Byrne, W.R. (1849). A naval biographical dictionary.


  • 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.