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HMS Guadeloupe (1763)
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Guadeloupe
Ordered: 19 September 1757 (Williams)
29 June 1758 (Plymouth)
Builder: John Williams, Neyland, Pembrokeshire (initially)
Plymouth Dockyard
Laid down: 8 May 1759
Launched: 5 December 1763
Completed: 11 July 1764
Commissioned: March 1764
Out of service: Scuttled on 10 October 1781
Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Acquired: Salvaged
Fate: Deleted from navy list in 1786
General characteristics
Class & type: Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 586 3094 bm
Length: 118 ft 4 in (36.1 m) (gundeck)
97 ft 3.5 in (29.7 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 8 in (10.3 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200

Upper deck: 24 × 9-pounder guns
QD: 4 × 3-pounder guns

Also: 12 × ½-pdr swivel guns

HMS Guadeloupe was a 28-gun sixth-rate Coventry-class frigate of the Royal Navy. The ship was designed by Sir Thomas Slade, and was initially contracted to be built with the Pembrokeshire shipwright John Williams of Neyland; however he became bankrupt, and the order was transferred to the Plymouth Naval Dockyard.

She served during the American War of Independence, and was scuttled in the York River, Virginia on 10 October 1781 to prevent the French capturing her.[1] The French subsequently salvaged and commissioned her. She served until being deleted from their navy lists at Rochefort in 1786.[2]

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Hepper (1994), p.66.
  2. Demerliac (1996), p.69, #429.

References[edit | edit source]

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