Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Green - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1793
Ship ClassNorthumberland ClassBWAS-1793
Constructor Frances Barnard (d.1825)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up7.1850BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck182' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet55.48 
Length of Keel150' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet45.7391 
Breadth48' 10"Imperial Feet14.6304 
Depth in Hold21' 7"Imperial Feet6.5786 
Draught Forward13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Draught Aft19' 3"Imperial Feet5.7997 
Burthen1,907Tons BM 


2.2.1798Broadside Weight = 1140 Imperial Pound ( 516.99 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck30 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 18-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.6.1795640Design Complement

4 Flag Officers

23.4.1798 - 1802Vice-Admiral of the Blue John Colpoys (1742-1821)BWAS-179317.4.1804 - 1807Rear-Admiral of the Blue Alexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832)BWAS-17935.1815 - 8.1816Rear-Admiral of the RedSir George Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-17938.1816 - 1818Rear-Admiral of the BlueSir Charles Rowley (1770-1845)BWAS-1793

11 Commissioned Officers

2.2.1798 - 16.11.1799Lieutenant David Reid (d.1798)TNC21.7.1806 - 12.8.1807Acting Lieutenant John Jordan Arrow (d.1853)NL18651.1807 - 29.5.1812LieutenantSir John Banks (1786-?)NBD184920.1.1808 - 17.2.1808LieutenantThe Hon. Arthur Richard Turnour (1787-1853)NBD18496.1809 - 10.1809Acting Lieutenant James AtkinsNBD18498.11.1810 - 5.2.1813Lieutenant Charles BowenBWAS-17149.9.1818 - 1821Lieutenant James CrutchleyNBD184910.9.1818 - 19.7.1821First Lieutenant Edward Thomas Crouch (d.1846)NBD18497.2.1820 - 1821Lieutenant John Harvey Boteler (1796-?)NBD184921.4.1821 - 26.3.1823Lieutenant John Harrison Bowker (d.1848)NBD18491822 - 3.12.1822Lieutenant John Harvey Boteler (1796-?)NBD1849

8 Petty Officers

1801 - 1803Midshipman John LambNBD18491806 - 19.11.1806Midshipman Stephen BriggsNBD18491.1808Midshipman James AtkinsNBD18491.1808 - 6.1809Midshipman James AtkinsNBD18492.1812 - 1.1813Midshipman George Baker (1797-1861)NBD18495.1815 - 1816Master's Mate Frederick BedwellNBD184912.1816 - 8.1818Midshipman James BroomanNBD18491817Midshipman George Sherass Brittain (1801-1857)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

9.4.1803 - 18041st Class Volunteer Alexander Dundas Young Arbuthnott (1789-1871)NBD18492.8.1815 - 18151st Class Volunteer Charles Ramsay Drinkwater (1802-?)NBD1849

Service History

10.1795Began building at Deptford - London BWAS-1793
2.2.1798Completed building at Deptford - London at a cost of £37456.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.2.1798Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
15.3.1798Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £13233.0.0dBWAS-1793
15.3.1798Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
18.5.1798Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £5414.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.1798Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1800Blockade of MaltaBWAS-1793
18.2.1800Capture of the Généreux
25.8.1800Took the Frigate La Diane (40) off Malta
1801Egypt OperationsBWAS-1793
6.1803Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1793
1805Blockade of FerrolBWAS-1793
1806In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
6.2.1806Action of San Domingo
8.1807At PortsmouthBWAS-1793
28.2.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
22.11.1810Took the Ketch La Glaneuse (14) BG
22.5.1812Action off Lorient
1813In ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
9.1813Began large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
1815Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
4.1815Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3297.0.0dBWAS-1793
4.1815Completed large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £54178.0.0dBWAS-1793
8.8.1815Sailed for St Helena carrying Napoleon BonaparteBWAS-1793
8.1816At SheernessBWAS-1793
1818Guardship in the MedwayBWAS-1793
1.1819fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
7.1821Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1793
4.1822refitting at UnknownBWAS-1793
9.1826Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
2.1827Lazarette for Stangate CreekBWAS-1793
2.1827Refitted as a Other Vessels Lazarette
2.1827Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
7.1850Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1793


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Posted by James Ashton on Monday 8th of July 2019 04:00

Northumberland, as a "middling" 74, had only 18-pounders on her upper deck. BWAS-1793 seems to be in error here but BWAS-1817 is correct.

Posted by Robert Boon on Saturday 11th of February 2017 16:42

Northumberland at Sea, November 22, 1810


I HAVE the Honour to acquaint your Lordship, that His Majesty's Ship Northumberland under my Command, (with the Armada in Company) has captured this Day the French Privateer, Ketch, La Glaneuse, of Fourteen Guns, and having on board Eighty-five Men, after a Second Pursuit, having chaced her Yesterday and prevented one of His Majesty's Post-Office Packets from falling into her Power.
She belonged to St. Maloes, was commanded by Mr. André Haste, a Dane, had been Six Weeks at Sea on her first Cruize, without making any Captures; and being a new Vessel, only Six Months old, coppered and Sails very well, she appears to be particularly well adapted to be employed in His Majesty's Service as a Dispatch Vessel.
1 have the Honour to be, &c.
(Signed) H. HOTHAM

London Gazette Publication date: 27 November 1810 Issue: 16428 Page: 1886

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