HMS Powerful (1783)
|Ordered:||8 July 1780|
|Builder:||Perry, Blackwall Yard|
|Laid down:||April 1781|
|Launched:||3 April 1783|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1812|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Elizabeth-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1627 (bm)|
|Length:||168 ft 6 in (51.36 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||46 ft (14 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
In 1805 the ship arrived too late to take part in the Battle of Trafalgar but was then detached to reinforce the East India squadron. On 13 June 1806 she captured the French privateer Henriette off Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. At the Action of 9 July 1806, disguised as an East Indiaman and together with the sloop Rattlesnake, she captured the privateer Bellone, which had been a serious threat to British trade.
She was broken up in 1812.
Citations and notes
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p179.
- 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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