HMS Belliqueux (1780)

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Royal Navy EnsignUK
Name: HMS Belliqueux
Ordered: 19 February 1778
Builder: Perry, Blackwall Yard
Laid down: June 1778
Launched: 5 June 1780
Honours and
Participated in:
Fate: Broken up, 1816
Notes: Prison ship from 1814
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Ardent-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1379 (bm)
Length: 160 ft (49 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 4 in (13.51 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft (5.8 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-pounders

HMS Belliqueux (Eng. warlike) was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 5 June 1780 at Blackwall Yard, London.[1] She was named after the French ship Belliqueux captured in 1758.

In 1781 Belliqueux took part at the Battle of Fort Royal, and in 1782 she was at the Battle of the Saintes.

At the Action of 4 August 1800, Belliqueux captured the French frigate Concorde.

On 11 February 1806 she was escorting a convoy that was three days out of the Cape on their way to Madras. The convoy included the East Indiamen Northampton, William Pitt, Streatham, Europe, Jane Duchess of Gordon, Sir William Pulteney, Union, Comet, Glory, and Sarah Christiana.[2]

Philip Dundas, Lieutenant-Governor of Penang died on-board on 8 April 1807, while the Belliqueux was in the Bay of Bengal.[3]

Belliqueux was employed as a prison ship from 1814, and was broken up in 1816.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lavery 2003, p. 181.
  2. Lloyd's List, no. 4059,[1] - accessed 5 December 2014.
  3. Wedderburn 1898, p. 293.


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