HMS Audacious (1785)

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His Majestys Ship Audacious.jpg
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Name: HMS Audacious
Builder: Randall, Rotherhithe
Laid down: August 1783
Launched: 23 July 1785
Fate: Broken up, August 1815
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Arrogant-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1624 bm
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders

HMS Audacious was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 July 1785 at Rotherhithe.[1] She was the first ship to bear the name.

She was among the group of ships that dismasted the French three-decker Révolutionnaire before the Glorious First of June. She also took part in the Battle of the Nile, under Captain Davidge Gould, where she engaged the French ship Conquérant and helped to force her surrender.

She was finally broken up in August 1815.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 180.


  • Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8.
  • 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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