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Name: HMS Dragon
Ordered: 30 April 1795
Builder: Wells, Rotherhithe
Laid down: August 1795
Launched: 2 April 1798
Renamed: HMS Fame in 1842
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Fate: Broken up, 1850
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1815 tons (1844.1 tonnes)
Length: 178 ft (54 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 48 ft 3 in (14.71 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: Sails

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74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Dragon was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 2 April 1798 at Rotherhithe. She was designed by Sir William Rule, and was the only ship built to her draught.[1]

In 1799, she sailed to the Mediterranean as part of a squadron under Sir Charles Cotton. In February 1801 she was part of a squadron under Sir John Warren off Cadiz. In June 1801, Dragon, together with Endymion, captured the French ship Colombe. In 1805, Dragon took part in Admiral Robert Calder's action at the Battle of Cape Finisterre.

From 1806-8 she served in the Channel Squadron. In September 1810 she commissioned as the flagship of Sir F. la Faey and sailed for the Leeward Islands in October. She then participated in the War of 1812 with the United States, under the command of Robert Barrie, and took part in a number of engagements including the Battle of Hampden which resulted in the scuttling of the frigate USS Adams

In January 1815, Dragon was the flagship for Admiral Sir George Cockburn at the Battle of Fort Peter and the capture of St. Marys, Georgia.

She was on harbour service in 1824, becoming a Marine barracks at Portland in 1829. She was renamed HMS Fame in 1842. She was broken up in 1850.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 185.


This article includes data donated from the National Maritime Museum Warship Histories project