List of ships captured in the 18th century

During times of war where naval engagements were frequent, many battles were fought that often resulted in the capture of the enemy's ships. The ships were often renamed and used in the service of the capturing country's navy. Merchant ships were also captured and taken into service by their captors.

1701–10

1702

  • Assuré ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 60-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Bourbon ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 68-gun ship was captured by the Royal Netherlands Navy.
  • Espérance d'Angleterre ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 70-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Ferme ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 70-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • HMS Martin ( Royal Navy): The 10-gun ketch was captured by the French Navy.
  • Modéré ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 56-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Prompt ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 76-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Sirène ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 60-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy.
  • Superbe ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 70-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy.
  • Triton ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 44-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Volontaire ( French Navy): Battle of Vigo Bay, 23 October: The 44-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy.

1703

1704

1705

1706

1707

1708

1709

1710

1711–20

1711

1712

1713

1714

1717

1718

1719

Unknown date

1721–30

1722

1731–40

1731

1739

1741–50

1744

  • Poder ( Spain): The merchant ship was captured in February by the French Navy.

1745

1746

1747

  • Diamant ( French Navy): First Battle of Cape Finisterre, 3 May: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • 14 June: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Gloire ( French Navy): First Battle of Cape Finisterre, 3 May: The 50-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Invincible ( French Navy): First Battle of Cape Finisterre, 3 May: The 58-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Jason ( French Navy): First Battle of Cape Finisterre, 3 May: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Monarque ( French Navy): Second Battle of Cape Finisterre, 14 June: The 74-gun third rate was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Neptune ( French Navy): Second Battle of Cape Finisterre, 14 June: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Renommée ( French Navy): The 30-gun fifth rate was captured by the Royal Navy's HMS Dover.
  • Rubis ( French Navy): First Battle of Cape Finisterre, 3 May: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Sérieux ( French Navy): First Battle of Cape Finisterre, 3 May: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Severn ( French Navy): Second Battle of Cape Finisterre, 14 June: The 50-gun fourth rate was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Terrible ( French Navy): Second Battle of Cape Finisterre, 14 June: The 74-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Trident ( French Navy): Second Battle of Cape Finisterre, 14 June: The 64-gun ship was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • Glorioso ( Spanish Navy): The 70-gun ship was captured on 19 October by the Royal Navy, after the 4 battles of the Voyage of the Glorioso.

1748

1751–60

1755

1756

1757

1758

1759

1761–70

1761

1762

1770

1771–80

1775

1776

1777

1778

1779

1780

1781–90

1781

1782

1783

1788

1789

1790

1791–1800

1793

1794

1795

Pique.

1796

1797

1798

Capture of Furie and Waakzaamheid,
HMS Jason capturing the Seine.

1799

HMS Sybille and the French frigate Forte.

1800

USS Boston capturing Berceau