Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

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Agamemnon:: HMS Agamemnon; Third Rate; Length: 160 ft; Beam: 45 ft; 1,348 bm tons; Comp.: 520; Armament: 26x24pdr, 26x12pdr, 12x6pdr; Henry Adams, Buckler's Hard, England; 1781

HMS Agamemnon had an illustrious career in the British Navy and served in the Baltic, English Channel, Mediterranean, North Sea, off Portugal, around South America and the West Indies. Nelson decribed her: 'Without exeption the finest 64 in the service'. She was lost on June 20th, 1809 when she struck a reef while seeking shelter from a storm in the River Plate, a large estuary between Argentina and Uruguay.
Belleisle: HMS Belleisle; Third Rate; Comp.: 690; Armament: 74 guns; Rochefort, France; 1776

Named Lion when she was originally launched in Rochefort, she was renamed to HMS Belleisle when captured by the British on the 23th of June 1795 at the Battle of Groix. As a lead ship of the line crossing the French and Spanish line during the battle of Trafalgar in 1805, she was entirely dismasted and after the battle she was towed by the frigate Naiad to Gibraltar to be refitted. She was sold and broken up in Portsmouth in 1814.
Dragon: HMS Dragon; Third Rate; Length: 117 ft (keel); 1,068 tons; Armament: 24x24pdr, 26x9pdr, 8x6pdr; Woolwich Dockyard, England; 1736

In July 1741, HMS Dragon, together with HMS Feversham and HMS Folkestone, spotted what they believed erroneously to be Spanish ships. They engaged at night but the battle ended with minimal losses on each side. That morning a lot of apologies were exchanged since daylight showed the 'Spanish' ships to be French and it was one of those rare times both countries were not openly at war with each other.
Egmont: HMS Egmont; Third Rate ship-of-the-line; Length: 176 ft; Beam: 48 ft; Draft : 17 ft; 1760 tons; Comp: 590; Armament: 74 guns; Northfleet Dockyard, England; 1810

The fifth ship of the Royal Navy named Egmont served as flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Vinnicombe Penrose in 1814. Later she was reduced to act as a receiving ship in Rio de Janeiro and finally was sold out of the British Navy in 1875.
Fame: HMS Fame; Third Rate; Length: 165 ft; 1,565 tons; Crew: 600; Armament: 74 guns; Deptford Dockyard, England; 1759

One of many ships carrying the name Fame. The Fame of 1759 saw action in several battles with the French, in the Battle of Grenada in 1779 and the battle in 1782 in which the Ville de Paris was taken. Fame was renamed to Guilford and fitted as a prison hulk in 1800.
Indefatigable: HMS Indefatigable; 64 Gun Third Rate ship-of-the-line; Length: 160 ft; Beam: 44 ft; Depth of hold: 19 ft; 1,384 bm tons; Comp.: 520; Armament: 26x24pdr, 26x12pdr, 2x9pdr, 10x4pdr; Bucklers Hard, Hampshire, England; 1784

Although Indefatigable was built as a Third Rate of 64 guns, she was cut-down (razeed - don't like that word, not entirely sure why?) in 1794 to a frigate, keeping her 26x24pdr as the main armament on her gundeck, 8x12pdr and 4x42pdr carronades on her quarterdeck and 4x12pdr and 2x42pdr carronades on her forecastle.

HMS Indefatigable model

HMS Indefatigable
Marlborough: HMS Marlborough; Third Rate ship-of-the-line; 1640 tons; Armament: 74 guns; 1767

The second ship of the Royal Navy named Marlborough fought in the American Revolutionary War, sustained heavy damage in the Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794) and wrecked in 1800 near Belleisle.
Montagu: HMS Montagu; Third Rate; Length: 169 ft along the gundeck; Beam: 47.15 ft; Depth of hold: 20 ft; 1631 tons burthen; Armament: 28x32pdr, 28x18pdr, 18x9pdr; Chatham Dockyard, England; 1779

The second vessel in the British Navy to bear the name Montagu. She took part in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent (1780), the Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794) and the Battle of Camperdown (1797). Montagu was broken up in 1818.
Swiftsure: HMS Swiftsure; Third Rate; Length: 51 m; Beam: 14 m; 1,612 tons; Armament: 28x32pdr, 28x18pdr, 18x9pdr, 2x32pdr carronades, 6x18pdr carronades; Deptford Dockyard, England; 1787

The 74-gun third-rate Swiftsure took part in the Battle of the Nile and aided in the destruction of the French flagship L'Orient. She was captured by the French ships Indivisible and Dix-Août in the Mediterranean on the 24th of June, 1801. During the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 she was recaptured by the British and renamed HMS Irresistible.
Vanguard: HMS Vanguard; Third Rate; Length: 51.2 m; 1,664 tons; Comp: 530; Armament: 28x32pdr, 30x24pdr, 16x9pdr; Deptford Dockyard, England; 1787

The HMS Vanguard was Nelson's flagship after returning to duty after his right arm was amputated in 1797. The HMS Vanguard saw action at the Battle of the Nile, between a prepared attacking British fleet and an unprepared and anchored French fleet, one of the most decisive naval victories of that time. She was not present at any other Napoleonic battles and was turned into a prison ship in 1812, a powder hulk in 1814 and finally broken up in 1821.
Valiant: HMS Valiant; Third Rate; Armament: 74 guns; Chatham, England; 1759

The first of three third-rates to carry the name Valiant, a second was launched in 1807 and a third in 1825.

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