Going aboard Hector in 1891
|Ordered||14 January 1771|
|Laid down||April 1771|
|Launched||27 May 1774|
|Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"|
|Fate||Broken up, 1816|
|General characteristics |
|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)|
|Sail plan||Full-rigged ship|
HMS Hector was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 27 May 1774 at Deptford.
On 10 January, 1778 she captured French flagged ship "Thomas Koulican" (or Kouli Kan) at (). On 9 May 1801 Hector, Kent, and Cruelle unsuccessfully chased the French corvette Heliopolis, which eluded them and slipped into Alexandria.
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.