HMS Northumberland (1705)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Northumberland, French ship Northumberland, and French ship Atlas.
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Capture of Northumberland, by Ambroise Louis Garneray
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Northumberland
Builder: Harding, Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 29 March 1705
Captured: 8 May 1744, by the French
Career (France) French Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Atlas
Acquired: 8 May 1744
General characteristics as built[1]
Class & type: 70-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,106 long tons (1,123.7 t)
Length: 150 ft 8 in (45.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 6 in (5.3 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 70 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1721 rebuild[2]
Class & type: 1719 Establishment 70-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,132 long tons (1,150.2 t)
Length: 151 ft (46.0 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 41 ft 6 in (12.6 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 4 in (5.3 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:

70 guns:

  • Gundeck: 26 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 6 pdrs
General characteristics after 1743 rebuild[3]
Class & type: 1741 proposals 64-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,299 long tons (1,319.8 t)
Length: 154 ft (46.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 44 ft (13.4 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft 11 in (5.8 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:

64 guns:

  • Gundeck: 26 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 10 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 2 × 9 pdrs

HMS Northumberland was a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Deptford Dockyard and launched in 1705.[1]

She was rebuilt twice during her career, firstly at Woolwich Dockyard, where she was reconstructed according to the 1719 Establishment and relaunched on 13 July 1721.[2] Her second rebuild was also carried out at Woolwich Dockyard, where she was reconstructed as a 64-gun third rate according to the 1741 proposals of the 1719 Establishment, and relaunched on 17 October 1743.[3]

Northumberland was captured during the action of 8 May 1744 by the French ship Content (commanded by Hubert de Brienne, Comte de Conflans). She was subsequently taken into the French navy as Northumberland, before being renamed Atlas in 1766.

French service[edit]

Fate[edit]

She sank in February 1781 off the coast of Ushant.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p166.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p169.
  3. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p172.

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