HMS Tartar (1756)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Tartar
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 12 June 1755
Builder: John Randall's yard, Nelson Dock, Rotherhithe
Laid down: 4 July 1755
Launched: 3 April 1756
Completed: 2 May 1756 at Deptford Dockyard
Fate: Wrecked 1 April 1797
General characteristics
Class and type: Lowestoff-class frigate
Tons burthen: 587 19/94 bm (4 tons more than designed)
Length: 117 ft 10 in (35.92 m)
Beam: 33 ft 9 in (10.29 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Complement: 200
Armament: UD: Twenty-four 9-pounder guns;
QD: Four 3-pounder guns
FC: Nil.
Also 12 Swivels

HMS Tartar was a 28-gun frigate of the Royal Navy. The ship was designed by Sir Thomas Slade and based on the Lyme of 1748, "with such alterations as may tend to the better stowing of men and carrying for guns."

The ship was first commanded by Captain John Lockhart, and earned a reputation as a fast sailer during service in the English Channel. She made many captures of French ships during the Seven Years War, including 4 in 1756 and 7 the following year.[1] During the peace that followed, the ship sailed to Barbados carrying a timekeeper built by John Harrison, as a part of a series of experiments used to determine longitude at sea. She also served in the American Revolutionary War, capturing the Spanish Santa Margarita of 28 guns off Cape Finisterre.

HMS Tartar was eventually wrecked off Saint-Domingue in 1797.


  • David Lyon, "The Sailing Navy List", Brasseys Publications, London 1993.
  • Rif Winfield, "British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792", Seaforth Publishing, London 2007.