HMS Victorious (1785)
|Ordered:||28 December 1781|
|Builder:||Perry, Blackwall Yard|
|Laid down:||November 1782|
|Launched:||27 April 1785|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1803|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Culloden-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1683 (bm)|
|Length:||170 ft (52 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||47 ft 2 in (14.38 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 11 in (6.07 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Armament:||Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
She took part in the Action of 8 September 1796.
Victorious participated in the capture of the Dutch colony of Cape Town, in which an invasion had been caused due to fears of France's expansion across the world. Britain seized the strategic Cape Town and thus secured the nation its routes to the East. The rest of her career was spent in the warm climates of the East Indies, patrolling the vast waters in that region.
Citations and notes
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 180.
- 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.
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