HMS Vanguard (1748)

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Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Vanguard
Ordered: 3 October 1745
Builder: Ewer, East Cowes
Launched: 16 April 1748
Fate: Sold out of the service, 1774
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 1745 Establishment 70-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,419 long tons (1,441.8 t)
Length: 160 ft (48.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 45 ft (13.7 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 4 in (5.9 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

70 guns:

  • Gundeck: 26 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 12 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Vanguard was a 70-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 16 April 1748.[1] She was built by Philemon Ewer at his East Cowes yard on the Isle of Wight to the draught specified by the 1745 Establishment,[1] at a cost of £8,009. She was the fourth vessel of the Royal Navy to bear the name Vanguard.

She took part in the capture of Louisbourg in 1758 under Admiral Edward Boscawen, and in the capture of Quebec in 1759 under Admiral Charles Saunders. In 1762, under the command of Sir George Rodney she took part in the capture of Martinique.

Vanguard was sold out of the navy in 1774.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p173.


  • 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.

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