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Spanish ship Princesa (1750)

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Princesa was a 70-gun ship of the line of the Spanish Navy, launched in 1750.

Spanish Navy EnsignSpain
Name: Princesa
Launched: 1750
Captured: 16 January 1780, by Royal Navy
Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
Name: HMS Princessa
Acquired: 16 January 1780
Fate: Broken up, 1809
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 70-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1966
Length: 170 ft 2½ in (51.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 51 ft 2 in (15.6 m)
Depth of hold: 22 ft 1 in (6.7 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 70 guns of various weights of shot

She fought at the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1780, where she was captured by the Royal Navy and commissioned as the third rate HMS Princessa. From 1784 she was employed as a sheer hulk, and she was broken up in 1809.


  1. ^ Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1. p182.


  • 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.