HMS Glatton was a 56-gun fourth rate of the Royal Navy.
She was launched as the Glatton, an East Indiaman, on 29 November 1792 by Wells & Co. of Blackwell.
The Wells family owned the manors of Holme and Glatton from 1752 onwards. William Wells decided to outfit and donate the ship to the Royal Navy in 1795.
H.M.S. Glatton was the only ship-of-the-line the Royal Navy armed exclusively with carronades, the short range, 68lb “smashers”. This extremely heavy armament meant that the fourth rate Glatton could discharge a heavier broadside than the first rate Victory.
At the Battle of Copenhagen on 2 April 1801 with the infamous Captain William Bligh in command, he saved Nelson’s career and helped win the battle.
He sailed Glatton safely between sandbanks while three other vessels ran aground. When Nelson pretended not to notice Admiral Parker's signal "43" (stop the battle) and kept the signal "16" hoisted to continue the engagement, Bligh was the only captain in the squadron who could see that the two signals were in conflict. By choosing to fly Nelson's signal, he ensured that all the vessels behind him kept fighting. After the battle, Bligh was personally praised by Nelson for his contribution to the victory.
The East India Pale Ale brewed in homage to this ship is true to type, strong and smooth flavoured. We won’t have any mutiny on this one, if you like a “smashing” ale you’ll enjoy H.M.S. Glatton.