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.
Some of Namur's timbers were used to support the floor of the wheelwright's workshop at Chatham Dockyard. They were rediscovered there in 1995 and identified in 2003. http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/472
- 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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