HMS Triumph (1764)

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Name: HMS Triumph
Ordered: 21 May 1757
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Launched: 3 March 1764
Honours and
Fate: Broken up, 1850
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Valiant-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1825 (bm)
Length: 172 ft (52 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 49 ft 8 in (15.14 m)
Depth of hold: 22 ft 5 in (6.83 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 30 × 24-pounder guns
  • QD: 10 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Triumph was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 3 March 1764 at Woolwich.[1]

In 1797, she took part in the Battle of Camperdown, and in 1805 Triumph was part of Admiral Calder's fleet at the Battle of Cape Finisterre.

In 1810 Triumph and Phipps, salvaged a large load of elemental mercury from a wrecked Spanish vessel near Cadiz, Spain. The bladders containing the mercury soon ruptured and the crew were poisoned by mercury vapour.

Triumph was on harbour service from 1813, but was not broken up until 1850.[1]

See also

  • National Maritime Museum - HMS Triumph in 1808


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.


  • 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.

External links

  • M. P. Earles: A Case of Mass Poisoning With Mercury Vapour on Board H.M.S. Triumph at Cadiz, 1810. In: Medical History. July 1964, vol. 8(3), p. 281–286, online at NCBI

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