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HMS Surprise (1774)
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign (1707-1801)
Name: HMS Surprise
Ordered: January 1771
Builder: Woolwich Dockyard
Laid down: 5 September 1771
Launched: 13 April 1774
Completed: 15 April 1775
Commissioned: February 1775
Fate: Sold for breaking up, 24 April 1783
General characteristics
Class & type: 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 593 8994 (bm)
Length: 120 ft 6 in (36.73 m) (overall)
99 ft 6 in (30.33 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 6 in (10.2 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200 officers and men

28 guns comprising

HMS Surprise was a 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. The Surprise was first commissioned in February 1775 under the command of Captain Robert Linzee.

On 29 January 1780 she captured the French privateer Duguay Trouin off the Dodman. Duguay Trouin was out of Havre and the British took her into the Royal Navy under her existing name.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Robert Gardiner, The First Frigates, Conway Maritime Press, London 1992. ISBN 0-85177-601-9.
  • David Lyon, The Sailing Navy List, Conway Maritime Press, London 1993. ISBN 0-85177-617-5.
  • Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792, Seaforth Publishing, London 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.

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