HMS Chatham (1691)

HMS Chatham was a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 20 October 1691 at Chatham Dockyard.[1]

Royal Navy EnsignGreat Britain
NameHMS Chatham
BuilderLee, Chatham Dockyard
Launched20 October 1691
FateSunk as breakwater, 1749
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen686 (bm)
Length126 ft (38.4 m) (gundeck)
Beam34 ft 4 in (10.5 m)
Depth of hold13 ft 4 in (4.1 m)
Sail planFull-rigged ship
Armament50 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1721 rebuild[2]
Class and type1719 Establishment 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen756 (bm)
Length134 ft (40.8 m) (gundeck)
Beam36 ft (11.0 m)
Depth of hold15 ft 2 in (4.6 m)
Sail planFull-rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 22 × 18-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 9-pounder guns
  • QD: 4 × 6-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 6-pounder guns

In 1705 she captured the French 60-gun Auguste, built in Brest in 1704, which the British took into service as HMS Auguste.

Captain Robert Harland, circa 1680–1751. In 1714 he commanded the Chatham (seen here in the background) in the Baltic under Sir John Norris, but retired soon after

She underwent a rebuild according to the 1719 Establishment at Deptford in 1721.

Chatham was one of the British ships-of-the-line at the Battle of Toulon.


Chatham served until 1749, when she was sunk as a breakwater.[2]

Citations and referencesEdit


  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1, p. 164.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol.1, p. 170.


  • 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.