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HMS Inflexible was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 7 March 1780 at Harwich.[2]

Inflexible (1780); Africa (1781); Dictator (1783); Sceptre (1781).jpg
Plan showing the inboard profile for Inflexible (1780), and later for Africa, Dictator, and Sceptre, all 64-gun third rate, two-deckers.
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Name: HMS Inflexible
Ordered: 26 February 1777
Builder: Barnard, Harwich
Laid down: April 1777
Launched: 7 March 1780
Honours and
Fate: Broken up, 1820
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Inflexible-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1386 (bm)
Length: 159 ft (48 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft 4 in (13.51 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 26 × 24-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 10 × 4-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 9-pounder guns

In 1783, she fought in the Battle of Cuddalore.

Because Inflexible served in the navy's Egyptian campaign (8 March to 8 September 1801), her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorized in 1850 to all surviving claimants.[Note 1]

In 1807 she was present at the Battle of Copenhagen, joining on 7 August off Helsingor (Captain Joshua Rowley Watson).

Inflexible became a storeship in 1793, and was eventually broken up in 1820.[2]

Notes and citationsEdit

  1. ^ A first-class share of the prize money awarded in April 1823 was worth £34 2s 4d; a fifth-class share, that of a seaman, was worth 3s 11½d. The amount was small as the total had to be shared between 79 vessels and the entire army contingent.[3]
  1. ^ "No. 21077". The London Gazette. 15 March 1850. pp. 791–792.
  2. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p181.
  3. ^ "No. 17915". The London Gazette. 3 April 1823. p. 633.


  • 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.