HMS Repulse (1780)
|Ordered:||5 February 1777|
|Builder:||Fabian, East Cowes|
|Laid down:||12 January 1778|
|Launched:||28 November 1780|
|Fate:||Wrecked, 10 March 1800|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Intrepid-class ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1387 bm|
|Length:||159 ft 6 in (48.62 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||44 ft 4 in (13.51 m)|
|Depth of hold:||19 ft (5.8 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
Mutiny at The NoreEdit
At the mutiny at The Nore in 1797, Repulse made a 'miraculous' escape from the mutineers reaching shore despite receiving 'as was calculated two hundred shot'. Its First Lieutenant, Lieutenant T. Frances Douglas, was presented with a commemorative sword inscribed: ‘PRESENTED by the Committee of Merchants &c OF LONDON to LIEUT.T FRANCIS DOUGLAS for his Spirited and active conduct on board His Majesty’s Ship the REPULSE. Ja.s Alms Esq.r Commander during the MUTINY at the NORE in 1797. Marine Society Office, May 1o 1798 } Hugh Inglis Esq.r Chairman’
On 10 March 1800, having been driven off course by heavy weather, Repulse struck a submerged rock and began taking on water. The crew eventually abandoned the ship somewhere in the vicinity of the Cap Sizun, on the Pointe de Penharn from where the majority of the survivors were taken away as prisoners of war. The first lieutenant took a number of men in Repulse's large cutter, and headed for England instead, arriving at Guernsey on 16 March.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p181.
- Sword (LEUT T. Francis Douglas; maker: James Morisset), Victoria and Albert Museum, accessed 15 August 2011
- Commander Francis Douglas, douglashistory.co.uk, accessed 15 August 2011
- Ships of the Old Navy, Repulse.
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