HMS Cerberus (1758)

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Career (Great Britain) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Cerberus
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
General characteristics
Class and type: 28-gun Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 593 14/94 tons
Length: 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
Complement: 200
  • Upper deck: 24 x 9 pdrs
  • Quarter Deck: 4 × 3-pdrs
  • 12 Swivels

HMS Cerberus was a 28 gun sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy.

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.[1][2] 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.[1][3] 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."

File:Bushnell mines.jpg
Bushnell mines destroying a British ship


  1. 1.0 1.1 Winfield. British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. p. 230. 
  2. "Archaeological Sites Under Investigation at AUVfest 2008". Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  3. Marx, Robert F. (1987). Shipwrecks in the Americas. Dover Publications. pp. 152. ISBN 048625514X.