HMS Argo (1758)

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Career (Great Britain) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Argo
Ordered: 19 September 1757
Builder: Henry Bird, Rotherhithe
Laid down: 22 September 1757
Launched: 20 July 1758
Commissioned: October 1758
Fate: Broken up at Portsmouth November 1776
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 601 tons
Length: 118 ft 5.75 in (36.1125 m)
Beam: 33 ft 11.5 in (10.351 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 200–
Armament: (As built):
28 guns
Upper Deck: 24 × 9-pdrs
Quarter Deck: 4 × 3-pdrs
12 Swivels

HMS Argo was a 28-gun Sixth rate frigate of the Royal Navy. The ship was one of the Coventry Class, designed by Sir Thomas Slade as a development of based on the Lyme, "with such alterations as may tend to the better stowing of men and carrying for guns."

She served during the Seven Years War, at first blockading Dunkirk, before sailing for the far east to take part in the expedition against Manila. In a two hour action on 31 October 1761 Argo and HMS Panther captured the Santisima Trinidad, a Spanish Galleon loaded with treasure, valued at two million dollars.


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  • Rif Winfield, British Warships in the Age of Sail: 1714-1792, Seaforth Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.
  • Ships of the Old Navy