HMS Cerberus (1758)
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Ordered:||6 May 1757|
|Builder:||Pleasant Fenn, East Cowes|
|Laid down:||13 June 1757|
|Launched:||5 September 1758|
|Fate:||Abandoned and burnt on 5 August 1778|
|Class and type:||28-gun Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||593 14/94 tons|
118 ft 7.5 in (36.157 m) (gundeck)|
97 ft 2.125 in (29.61958 m) (keel)
|Beam:||33 ft 10.5 in (10.325 m)|
|Depth of hold:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
She was ordered on 6 May 1757 from the yards of Pleasant Fenn, East Cowes and was laid down on 13 June 1757. She was launched just over a year later on 5 September 1758. The ship was the target of an early torpedo attack by David Bushnell's newly developed powder keg torpedoes in 1777. The attack allegedly killed several sailors, but did not severely damage the ship. The Cerberus was eventually burnt to prevent being captured by the French on 5 August 1778 during the American War of Independence, in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. The remains of the Cerberus are now part of a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the "Wreck Sites of HMS Cerberus and HMS Lark."
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- Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. London: Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-295-X.
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