HMS Swiftsure (1804)

HMS Swiftsure (1804)

HMS Swiftsure was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched from Bucklers Hard on 23 July 1804. She fought at Trafalgar.

The French ship "Swiftsure" (74) also took part in the battle. She had originally been a British ship, but was captured by the French in 1801.

It was a myth at the time that the "Swiftsure" sailed faster at night.Fact|date=June 2007

"Swiftsure" became a receiving ship in 1819, and was eventually sold out of the service in 1845.


*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.

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