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HMS Hannibal (1779)
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Hannibal
Builder: Adams, Bucklers Hard
Launched: 26 December 1779
Captured: 21 January 1782, by the French
Career (France)
Name: Annibal
Acquired: 21 January 1782
Fate: Technical hulk in Rochefort from 1792
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 1054 tons
Length: 146 ft (45 m)
Beam: 41 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament: 50 guns of various weights of shot

HMS Hannibal was a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built by Adams of Bucklers Hard and launched on 26 December 1779. She was subsequently captured by the French ship Héros off Sumatra, on 21 January 1782.

She was called Petit Annibal to distinguish her from the eponymous 74-gun Annibal, which was in the same fleet. English-language histories often refer to her as Hannibal for this reason. Admiral the Bailli de Suffren took her into his fleet, and she saw service in his five battles with British Admiral Sir Edward Hughes in 1782 and 1783.

She was decommissioned in 1787 and used as a hulk from 1792.

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