Going aboard Hector in 1891
Name: HMS Hector
Ordered: 14 January 1771
Builder: Adams, Deptford
Laid down: April 1771
Launched: 27 May 1774
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"[1]
Fate: Broken up, 1816
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Royal Oak-class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1622 (bm)
Length: 168 ft 6 in (51.36 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 ×  32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 ×  18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 ×  9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 ×  9-pounder guns

HMS Hector was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 27 May 1774 at Deptford.[2]


HMS Hector and Bristol in distress during the Great Hurricane of 1780
HMS Hector and Bristol in distress during the Great Hurricane of 1780

On 9 May 1801 Hector, Kent, and Cruelle unsuccessfully chased the French corvette Heliopolis, which eluded them and slipped into Alexandria.[3]

Because Hector 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 authorised in 1850 for all surviving claimants.[Note 1]


Hector was converted for use as a prison ship in 1808, and was broken up in 1816.[2]

Notes, citations, and references

  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.[4]
  1. ^ "No. 21077". The London Gazette. 15 March 1850. pp. 791–792.
  2. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p179.
  3. ^ James (1837), p.93.
  4. ^ "No. 17915". The London Gazette. 3 April 1823. p. 633.