HMS Glasgow (1757)

Great Britain
Name: HMS Glasgow
Ordered: 13 April 1756
Builder: John Reed, Hull
Laid down: 5 June 1756
Launched: 31 August 1757
Commissioned: March 1757
General characteristics
Class and type: 20-gun Sixth rate
Tons burthen: 451.3 long tons (458.5 t)
  • 109 ft 4 in (33.3 m) (gundeck)
  • 91 ft 2 12 in (27.8 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 6 in (9.3 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 7 12 in (2.9 m)
Complement: 160 officers and men
Armament: 20 × 9-pounder guns
For other ships with the same name, see HMS Glasgow.

HMS Glasgow was a 20-gun sixth-rate post ship of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1757 and took part in the American Revolutionary War. She is most famous for her encounter with the maiden voyage of the Continental Navy off Block Island on 6 April 1776. In that action, the Glasgow engaged a squadron of 6 ships of the Continental Navy, managing to escape intact.[1]

She later chased two large Continental frigates in the Caribbean before she was accidentally burned in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1779.[2]


  1. Wm. Laid Clowes, The Royal Navy a History from the Earliest Times to the Present, Volume 4, Sampson, Marston and Company Ltd, London 1899, p. 3
  2. Larn, Richard (1992). Shipwrecks of the Isles of Scilly. Nairn: Thomas & Lochar. ISBN 0 946537 84 4.

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