Spanish ship Diligente (1756)

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Career (Spain) Spanish Navy Ensign
Name: Diligente
Launched: 1756
Honours and

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Captured: 16 January 1780, by Royal Navy
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Diligente
Acquired: 16 January 1780
Fate: Sold, 1784
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 68-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1966 tons (1997.5 tonnes)
Length: 176 ftin (53.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 49 ft 10 in (15.2 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 7 in (6.3 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 68 guns of various weights of shot

Diligente was a 68-gun ship of the line of the Spanish Navy, launched in 1756.

She fought at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1780, where she was captured by the Royal Navy and commissioned as the third rate HMS Diligente. She was sold out of the navy in 1784.


  1. Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1. p. 182.


  • 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.