HMS Chatham (1758)

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Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Chatham
Ordered: 8 November 1752
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Launched: 25 April 1758
Fate: Broken up, 1814
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 1752 amendments 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1052 (bm)
Length: 147 ft (44.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 40 ft 3 in (12.3 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 8 in (5.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 22 × 24-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 12-pounder guns
  • QD: 4 × 6-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 6-pounder guns

HMS Chatham was a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Portsmouth Dockyard to the draught specified by the 1745 Establishment as amended in 1752, and launched on 25 April 1758.[1]


On 2 September 1781 Chatham captured the French frigate Magicienne off Cape Ann after a sanguinary engagement. Magicienne was serving in Orvilliers' fleet under captain Brun de Boades. In the action the French lost 60 men killed and 40 wounded; the British lost one man killed and one man wounded.[2] Magicienne was described as being of 800 tons, 36 guns and 280 men.[3] She was subsequently taken to Halifax and recommissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Magicienne.


Chatham was placed on harbour service in 1793, and continued in this role until 1814, when the decision was taken to have her broken up.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1, p. 174.
  2. ^ "no. 12239". The London Gazette. 3 November 1781. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "no. 12279". The London Gazette. 16 March 1782. p. 1. 


  • 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.