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Alfred-class ship of the line

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The Warrior prison ship.JPG
HMS Warrior as a prison ship. This image was published in 1862.
Class overview
Name: Alfred class
Preceded by: Culloden class
Succeeded by: Ganges class
In service: 8 October 1778 – 1857
Completed: 4
General characteristics
Type: Ship of the line
  • 169 ft (52 m) (gundeck)
  • 138 ft 5¼ in (42.3 m) (keel)
Beam: 47 ft 2 in (14.38 m)
Propulsion: Sails
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders
Notes: Ships in class include: Alexander, Alfred, Warrior, Montague

The Alfred-class ships of the line were a class of four 74-gun third rates for the Royal Navy by Sir John Williams.[1][2] They were an enlarged version of the Royal Oak class.[3]


Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Ordered: 21 July 1773
Launched: 8 October 1778
Fate: Broken up, 1819
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Ordered: 13 August 1772
Launched: 22 October 1778
Fate: Broken up, 1814
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Ordered: 13 July 1773
Launched: 18 October 1781
Fate: Broken up, 1857
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Ordered: 16 July 1774
Laid Down: 30 January 1775
Launched: 28 August 1779
Completed for Sea: 23 September 1779
Fate: Broken up, 1818
  • A fifth ship Edgar was also ordered (16 July 1774) to this design, but on 25 August 1774 was altered to the modified Arrogant design.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lavery The Ship of the Line – Volume 1
  2. ^ a b Lyon The Sailing Navy List
  3. ^ a b c Winfield British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792


  • Lavery, Brian, The Ship of the Line – Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650–1850, 1983, ISBN 0-85177-252-8
  • Lyon, David, The Sailing Navy List, All the Ships of the Royal Navy – Built, Purchased and Captured 1688–1860, pub Conway Maritime Press, 1993, ISBN 0-85177-617-5
  • Winfield, Rif, British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates, pub Seaforth, 2007, ISBN 1-86176-295-X

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