HMS Tartar (1756)


HMS Tartar (1756)

HMS "Tartar" was a 28-gun, Frigate of the Royal Navy. The ship was designed by Sir Thomas Slade based on the "Lyme" (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 several captures of French ships during the Seven Years War. During the peace the ship sailed to Barbados carrying a timekeeper 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.

References

* 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.


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