Like HMS Tonnant, the Spartiate was a French ship captured at the battle of the Nile in 1798, and had been built at Toulon as an 80 gun ship. When repaired in British service she was armed in standard fashion with 74 guns instead of 80 and as a new ship built in 1797 was regarded as a fine addition to the Royal Navy. Her crew regarded her rather differently, and claimed that she sailed at a faster speed at night than during the day, being bewitched because she must be built of stolen timber. "
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