HMS Vengeur (1810)

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Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Vengeur
Ordered: 20 October 1806
Builder: Graham, Harwich
Laid down: July 1807
Launched: 19 June 1810
Fate: Broken up, 1843
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Vengeur-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1765 bm
Length: 176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 12 pdrs, 10 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Forecastle: 2 × 12 pdrs, 2 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Poop deck: 6 × 18 pdr carronades

HMS Vengeur was a 74-gun third rate Vengeur-class ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 19 June 1810 at Harwich.[1] She had an uneventful career, having participated in no battles or engagements.


Tristam Rickets took command of Vengeur in October 1813. In May 1814 the 9th Regiment of Foot marched from Bayonne to Bordeaux and embarked on York and Vengeur to sail to Quebec in Canada to lend support to the British Forces fighting the Americans in the War of 1812.

Rickets was the commander of the British naval forces at the Battle of Fort Bowyer, the British attack on Fort Bowyer on Mobile Point in 1815. Although the British were successful, the attack was useless as the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, had been signed on Christmas Eve, 1814.

Captain Thomas Alexander took command in August 1815. Vengeur served as a guardship at Portsmouth from June 1816 to May 1818. From October to December she was fitted out for sea.

Frederik Lewis Maitland took command of Vengeur in October 1818, and in 1819 sailed her to South America. He took Lord George Beresford from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon in 1820, and then returned to the Mediterranean. He then carried Ferdinand I, king of the Two Sicilies from Naples to Livorno. The passage was rough and lasted seven days, but they arrived safely on 20 December. Maitland and Vengeur then returned to England, being paid off in May 1821 in Chatham.


She was fitted as a receiving ship between July and February 1824. She then went to Shearness where she served as a receiving ship until 1838. She was broken up in 1843.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 188.


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