His Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Goliath saw significant combat during both the French Revolution (1789-1799) and the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). It was primarily used as a blockade ship.
The most significant battle was that of the Battle of the Nile on August 1, 1798. Goliath and four other ships sailed between the French fleet and the shore in a maneuver that was said to have won the battle.
Goliath also helped capture several enemy ships and participated in the siege of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1807. It was dismantled at the naval base in Chatham, England, in 1815.
Type: 74-gun Third Rate Ship of the Line
Launched: October 19, 1781
Length: 168 feet
Built: Deptford Dockyard, England, UK
Fate: Dismantled in 1815
Loaned by Owen Reese