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Tonnant LeBreton PX8975.jpg
The Tonnant at the Battle of the Nile, by Louis Lebreton. HMS Majestic is seen in the background.
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Majestic
Ordered: 23 August 1781
Builder: Adams & Barnard, Deptford
Laid down: June 1782
Launched: 11 December 1785
Honours and

Participated in:

Fate: Broken up, April 1816
Notes: Reduced to a 58-gun fourth rate, 1813
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Canada class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1623 tons (1649 tonnes)
Length: 170 ft (52 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

As third rate, 74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

As fourth rate, 58 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 42 pdr carronades
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 2 × 12 pdrs

HMS Majestic was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line launched on 11 December 1785 at Deptford.[1] She fought at the Battle of the Nile, where she engaged the French ships Tonnant and Heureux, helping to force their surrenders. She was captained by George Blagdon Westcott, who was killed in the battle.

Majestic was razeed into a 58-gun fourth-rate frigate in 1813 and broken up in 1816 after a stranding.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p181.




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