HMS Defiance (1744)

For other ships with the same name, see HMS Defiance.
Great Britain
Name: HMS Defiance
Builder: West, Deptford
Launched: 12 October 1744
Fate: Sold, 1766
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 1741 proposals 58-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1136
Length: 147 ft (44.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 42 ft (12.8 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 1 in (5.5 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • 58 guns:
  • Gundeck: 24 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 24 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 8 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 6 pdrs

HMS Defiance was a 58-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built to the dimensions laid out in the 1741 proposals of the 1719 Establishment at Deptford, and launched on 12 October 1744.[1]

In November 1745 she encountered her fellow Royal Navy vessel HMS Hampton Court. The crew of both vessels mistook the other for a French man-o-war and opened fire at long range. The engagement ended after half an hour, when crew aboard Defiance observed British markings on the cannonballs striking their ship and signaled for a truce.[2]

Defiance served until she was sold out of the navy in 1766.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 172.
  2. "Extract of a Letter from Plymouth, dated December 2". Ipswich Journal. Ipswich, United Kingdom: W. Craighton. 14 December 1745. p. 2. Retrieved 26 November 2016 via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)).


  • 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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