French ship Northumberland (1780)

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For other ships of the same name, see French ship Northumberland and HMS Northumberland.
Career (France) Ensign of the French Royal Navy Ensign of the French Navy during the Revolution
Name: Northumberland
Namesake: HMS Northumberland, a previous ship captured from the Royal Navy and commissioned in the French navy
Laid down: 24 February 1779
Launched: 3 May 1780
Commissioned: July 1780
Honours and

Participated in:

Captured: Glorious First of June, by Royal Navy
Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Northumberland
Acquired: June, 1794
Fate: Broken up, December 1795
General characteristics
Class and type: Annibal class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1500 tonnes
Length: 54.7 m (179 ft)
Beam: 14.3 m (47 ft)
Draught: 7.2 m (24 ft)
Propulsion: Sails
Armament: 74 guns of various weights of shot

The Northumberland was a 74-gun Annibal class ship of the line of the French Navy.

She took part in the Battle of the Chesapeake (5 September 1781), a crucial naval engagement of the American Revolutionary War (Captain Bon-Chrétien, Marquis de Bricqueville), as well as the Battle of the Saintes seven months later, under Captain Saint Cézaire, who was killed in the action. In 1782, she captured the 14-gun sloop HMS Allegiance.

She was captured during the Glorious First of June in 1794, where she was captained by François-Pierre Étienne. She was recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Northumberland, and was broken up the next year in December 1795.

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