Spanish ship Princessa (1750)

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Career (Spain) Spanish Navy Ensign
Name: Princessa
Launched: 1750
Captured: 16 January 1780, by Royal Navy
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Princessa
Acquired: 16 January 1780
Fate: Broken up, 1809
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 70-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1966 tons (1997.5 tonnes)
Length: 170 ftin (51.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 51 ft 2 in (15.6 m)
Depth of hold: 22 ft 1 in (6.7 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 70 guns of various weights of shot

Princessa was a 70-gun ship of the line of the Spanish Navy, launched in 1750.

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 Princessa. From 1784 she was employed as a sheer hulk, and she was broken up in 1809.


  1. Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1. p182.


  • 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.