HMS Warrior (1781)

HMS Warrior was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 18 October 1781 at Portsmouth.[1]

HMS Warrior as a prison ship. This image was published in 1862.
Name: HMS Warrior
Ordered: 13 July 1773
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down: November 1773
Launched: 18 October 1781
Fate: Broken up, 1857
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Alfred-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1642 (bm)
Length: 169 ft (52 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 2 in (14.38 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

A year after her launch she took part in the Battle of the Saintes.[2] In 1801, she was part of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker's reserve squadron at the Battle of Copenhagen, and so did not participate in the battle. In 1805, she was part of Admiral Robert Calder's fleet at the Battle of Cape Finisterre. Later in December of that year she was involved in towing HMS Victory to Spithead.[2]

On 10 August 1815, Warrior collided with the British merchant ship George in the Atlantic Ocean. George foundered with the loss of four lives. Warrior rescued her survivors.[3][4][5]

Warrior became a receiving ship in 1818, a prison ship after 1840, and was eventually broken up in 1857.[1]


  1. Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 180.
  2. Wells, John (1987). The immortal Warrior Britain’s first and last battleship. Kenneth Mason. p. 242. ISBN 0-85937-333-9.
  3. "Lloyd's Marine List – Sep. 5. 1815". Caledonian Mercury (14626). 9 September 1815.
  4. "(untitled)". Caledonian Mercury (14626). 9 September 1815.
  5. "LIVERPOOL - Sept. 3". Caledonian Mercury (14627). 11 September 1815.


  • 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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