HMS Montagu (1779)

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Name: HMS Montagu
Ordered: 16 July 1774
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 30 January 1775
Launched: 28 August 1779
Fate: Broken up, 1818
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Alfred-class ship of the line[2]
Tons burthen: 1631 (bm)
Length: 169 ft (52 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 2 in (14.38 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
  • QD: 14 × 9-pounder guns
  • Fc: 4 × 9-pounder guns

HMS Montagu, sometimes spelled Montague, was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 28 August 1779 at Chatham Dockyard.[1]

Montagu took part in the Battle of Cape St Vincent in 1780 and the Glorious First of June in 1794.

On 30 October 1794 Montagu and Ganges captured the French corvette Jacobin. Jacobin was armed with twenty-four 12-pounder guns, and had a crew of 223 men; she was nine days out of Brest and taken nothing.[3] The Royal Navy took Jacobin into service as HMS Matilda.


Montague was broken up in 1818.[1]

Citations and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p179.
  2. ^ Winfield, British Warships.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 13751. p. 147. 10 February 1795.
  • Lavery, Brian, The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850, 1983, ISBN 0-85177-252-8
  • Lyon, David, The Sailing Navy List, All the Ships of the Royal Navy - Built, Purchased and Captured 1688-1860, pub Conway Maritime Press, 1993, ISBN 0-85177-617-5
  • Winfield, Rif (2007) British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates, (Seaforth). ISBN 1-86176-295-X
  • Winfield, Rif (2008). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793–1817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.