HMS Cumberland (1842)

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H.M.S. Cumberland, c.1852
History
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Name: HMS Cumberland
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: April 1836
Launched: 21 October 1842
Fate: Burnt, 1889
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 70-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 2214 bm
Length: 180 ft (55 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 54 ft 3 in (16.54 m)
Depth of hold: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 70 guns:
  • Gundeck: 24 × 32 pdrs, 2 × 68 pdr carronades
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 32 pdrs, 2 × 68 pdr carronades
  • Quarterdeck: 8 × 32 pdr carronades
  • Forecastle: 2 × 32 pdrs, 2 × 32 pdr carronades

HMS Cumberland was a 70-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 21 October 1842 at Chatham Dockyard.[1] She carried a crew of 620 men. 'Cumberland' recommissioned as a flagship under Captain George Henry Seymour as the flagship of his father, Vice Admiral Sir George Francis Seymour. She served in North America, the West Indies.[2] In March 1854 she sailed to the Baltic Sea as war with Russia was imminent (the Crimean War). Cumberland was involved in the attack on Bomarsund, Finland in August of that year.[3] She was converted to serve as a training ship in 1870. Cumberland was destroyed by fire in 1889.[1]

Monument to the 6 crew of HMS Cumberland that died at Halifax, Royal Navy Burying Ground (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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  • 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.