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HMS Hastings (1819)

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Hastings.
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Hastings
Builder: Calcutta
Acquired: 22 June 1819, from East India Company
Fate: Sold, 1886
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: 74-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1763 (bm)
Length: 176 ft 10 12 in (53.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 48 ft 6 in (14.8 m)
Depth of hold: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship

Gundeck: 28 × 32-pounder guns
Upper gundeck: 28 × 18-pounder guns
QD: 4 × 12-pounder guns + 10 × 32-pounder carronades

Fc: 2 × 12-pounder guns + 2 × 32-pounder carronades

HMS Hastings was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She was built in Calcutta for the Honourable East India Company, but purchased by the Royal Navy on 22 June 1819.[1]

Sailors and marines from the Hastings fought Chinese pirates at the Battle of Tonkin River in 1849.

In 1855 she was fitted with screw propulsion.[1] In 1857 the ship was deployed to Liverpool on coastal defence duties before being transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve to be used as a training ship.[2] She was sold out of the navy in 1886.[1] The Ship's figurehead is now on display at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.[2]



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