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HMS Marlborough (1767)


HMS Marlborough (1767)

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Marlborough.
Career (Great Britain)
Name: HMS Marlborough
Ordered: 4 December 1760
Builder: Deptford dockyard
Laid down: 3 June 1763
Launched: 26 August 1767
Commissioned: January 1771
Honours and

Participated in:

Fate: Wrecked near Belleisle, 4 November 1800
General characteristics
Class & type:
Tons burthen: 1642 tons (1668.3 tonnes)
Length: 168 ft 8.5 in (51.422 m) (gun deck)
Beam: 46 ft 11 in (14.30 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

74 guns:

  • Gundeck: 28 × 32 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 28 × 18 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 9 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 9 pdrs

HMS Marlborough was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 26 August 1767 at Deptford. She was one of the Ramillies class built to update the Navy and replace ships lost following the Seven Years' War. She was first commissioned in 1771 under Captain Richard Bickerton as a guard ship for the Medway. She served through two wars before her loss in 1800 when she struck a ledge of rocks off the Quiberon Peninsula; while she was pulled off the rocks, she was so seriously damaged that she foundered after all her complement were saved.


  • Grocott, Terence, Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Eras, Caxton Editions, Great Britain: 2002. ISBN 1-84067-164-5.
  • Lyon, David (1993) The Sailing Navy List Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-617-5.

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