HMS Namur (1756)
HMS Namur at the Battle of Lagos
|Ordered:||12 July 1750|
|Launched:||3 March 1756|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1833|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||1750 amendments 90-gun second rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||1814 bm|
|Length:||175 ft (53.3 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||48 ft 6 in (14.8 m)|
|Depth of hold:||20 ft 6 in (6.2 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
HMS Namur was a 90-gun second rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Chatham Dockyard to the draught specified by the 1745 Establishment as amended in 1750, and launched on 3 March 1756.
Namur fought in the Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797) under the command of Captain James Hawkins-Whitshed. Namur was astern of HMS Captain, under the command of then Commodore Horatio Nelson, at the beginning stages of the battle.
- The marine painter Clarkson Stanfield served on board the ship, after being pressed into the Royal Navy in 1808. He discharged on health grounds in 1814.
- One of Namur's captains was Charles Austen, a brother of Jane Austen.
- Olaudah Equiano, a former African slave who was active in the British abolitionist movement, served as a powder monkey on Namur.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p174.
- Adkin, The Trafalgar Campaign, p163.
- Fighting ship's identity revealed in Chatham Dockyard – BBC News, 17 August 2012
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
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