HMS Montagu (1779)

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

Name: HMS Montague
Ordered: 16 July 1774
Builder: Chatham Dockyard
Laid down: 30 January 1775
Launched: 28 August 1779
Fate: Broken up, 1818
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Alfred-class ship of the line[2]
Tons burthen: 1631 (bm)
Length: 169 ft (51.5 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 47 ft 2 in (14.4 m)
Depth of hold: 20 ft (6 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

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

On 30 October 1794 Montague and Ganges captured the French corvette Jacobine. Jacobine was armed with twenty-four 12-pounder guns, and had a crew of 220 men; she was nine days out of Brest and taken nothing.[3] The Royal Navy took Jacobin into service as HMS Matilda.

She was driven ashore and damaged at Saint Lucia in the Great Hurricane of 1780[4] but recovered.

In 1813 Captain Peter Heywood was appointed to command the Montagu in the North Sea and afterwards in the Mediterranean under Lord Exmouth, until July 1816. This was Heywood's last service.[5]


Montague was broken up in 1818.[1]

Citations and references

  1. Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p179.
  2. Winfield, British Warships.
  3. "No. 13751". The London Gazette. 10 February 1795. p. 147.
  4. "The Marine List". New Lloyd's List (1228). 29 December 1780.
  • 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 17931817: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-246-1.
  • Original as built Plan National Maritime Museum

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