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HMS Preston (1757)

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Preston.
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Preston
Ordered: 28 March 1751
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 7 February 1757
Fate: Broken up, 1815
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: 1745 Establishment 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1044
Length: 150 ft (45.7 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 42 ft 8 in (13.0 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 6 in (5.6 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

50 guns:

  • Gundeck: 22 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 6 pdrs

HMS Preston was a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Deptford Dockyard to the draught specified in the 1745 Establishment, and launched on 7 February 1757.[1]

She took part in the Naval operations in the American Revolutionary War under William Hotham. On 13 August 1778, cut off her squadron by a storm, she encountered the French 74-gun Marseillais, which she fought indecisively.

In 1785, Preston was converted to serve as a sheer hulk, and she was eventually broken up in 1815.[1]



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