Hero (74)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Thomas Bucknall at the Plymouth Dockyard and launched on March 28 1759.

During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:

  • from February 1759: captain lord George Edgcumbe
  • from 1761: captain William Fortescue
  • from June 1762 until December 25 1762: captain Samuel Barrington

In 1792, the ship was transformed into a prison ship.

In 1800, the ship was renamed Rochester.

The ship was broken up in July 1810.

Service during the War

On November 20 1759, the ship took part in the decisive battle of Quiberon who eliminated any serious threat from the French navy for the rest of the war.

On November 24 1760, the ship took the French privateer Fortune.

On April 2 1761, the ship, along with the Venus (36), took the French East Indiaman Bertin (64).


Technical specifications
Guns 74
Lower Gundeck 28 x 32-pdrs
Upper gundeck 28 x 18-pdrs
Quarterdeck 14 x 9-pdrs
Forecastle 4 x 9-pdrs
Crew 550 men
Length at gundeck 166 ft 6 in (50.75 m)
Width 46 ft 8 in (14.22 m)
Depth 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Displacement 1574 tons (1599 tonnes)


Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks Wiki – British 3rd Rates

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy


N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.