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HMS Success (1781)
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Success
Ordered: 22 February 1779
Builder: John Sutton, Liverpool
Laid down: 8 May 1779
Launched: 10 April 1781
General characteristics
Class & type: 32-gun Amazon-class fifth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 682494 bm
Length: 126 ft (38.4 m) (overall)
103 ft 8 in (31.6 m) (keel)
Beam: 35 ft 1 12 in (10.7 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 2 in (3.71 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 220

Upper deck: 26 x 12-pounder guns
Quarter deck: 4 x 6-pounder guns + 4 x 18-pounder carronades

Fc: 2 x 6-pounder guns + 2 x 18-pounder carronades

HMS Success was a 32-gun Amazon-class fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. The French captured her in 1801 in the Mediterranean but on 2 September 1801 HMS Phoenix, Pomone, and Minerve recaptured her. She became a convict prison ship in 1814, a powder hulk from 1817, and was broken up in 1820.

On 25 June 1800, Success, under the command of Captain Peard, captured the French aviso Intreprenante (or Entreprenante). Intreprenante, with four guns and a crew of 36 men, was carrying provisions from Santa Messa to Valletta. The next day Success captured another aviso, Redoutable, with the same armament, establishment, and mission as Intreprenante.[1] Unfortunately for Success, she had to share the prize money with a large number of other British warships.[2] Also on the 26th, Success captured the French felucca Fortune, which apparently was unarmed, but was also carrying provisions on the same route as the two avisos.[1]



  • Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-295-X. 

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