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HMS Southampton was the name ship of the 32-gun Southampton-class
The Southampton-class frigates were 32-gun sailing frigates of the fifth rate produced for the Royal Navy. They were designed in 1756 by Sir Thomas Slade, and were the first 'true' fifth-rate frigates produced to the new single-deck concept...
In Britain's Royal Navy during the classic age of fighting sail, a fifth rate was the penultimate class of warships in a hierarchal system of six "ratings" based on size and firepower.-Rating:...
frigates of the Royal Navy
The Royal Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest service branch and is known as the Senior Service...
. She was launched in 1757 and served for more than half a century until wrecked in 1812.
A strong westerly current wrecked her on an uncharted submerged rock off Conception Island in the Crooked Island Pasage of the Bahamas in 1812, together with her prize, Vixen. No lives were lost.