French ship Northumberland (1780)

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For other ships with the same name, see French ship Northumberland and HMS Northumberland.
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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
Captured: Glorious First of June, by Royal Navy
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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

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.

Northumberland 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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