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HMS Alcide, the French and Italian version of "Alcides", another name for Heracles, was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 30 July 1779 at Deptford Dockyard.[1]

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Name: HMS Alcide
Ordered: 31 August 1774
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Laid down: 4 June 1776
Launched: 30 July 1779
Fate: Broken up, 1817
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Albion-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1625
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • 74 guns:
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounders
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounders
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9-pounders
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9-pounders

She fought at the battles of Cape St Vincent and Martinique in 1780, and the battles of St. Kitts and the Saintes in 1782.

On 12 September 1780 Alcide captured the letter of marque Pocahontas. The Royal Navy took her into service as HMS Pocahontas.

She took part in operations against Corsica in September 1793, where she served as flagship to Commodore Robert Linzee.

Alcide was broken up in 1817.[1]

Citations and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p180.


  • 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.