HMS Victory Wrecked Near The Channel Islands


HMS Victory

Accident type: Wrecked
Vessels involved: HMS Victory
Location: Channel Islands
Date: October 4, 1744
Casualties: 1,150 sailors lost


Name: HMS Victory
Built in : 1737
Flag: Great Britain
Type/class   : 1st rate ship of the line
Propulsion : Sailing ship
Tonnage: 1921 bm
Length      : 174 ft (53 m)
Beam         : 50 ft (15 m)

HMS Victory was a 100-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built to the dimensions of the 1733 proposals of the 1719 Establishment at Portsmouth Dockyard and launched on 23 February 1737. She was the last British First Rate to be armed entirely with bronze cannon.

As the fleet reached the English Channel on 3 October 1744 it was scattered by a large storm. At around 15:30 on 4 October, the ships accompanying Victory lost sight of her near the Channel Islands. No trace of any of the 1,150 sailors aboard Victory was found. For over 260 years, she was believed to have been wrecked during the night on Black Rock just off the Casquets, with the loss of her entire complement.

Source: Wikipedia