Cambridge (80)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Fisher Harding at Deptford Dockyard and launched on 21 February 1695.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the ship was under the command of:

  • from 1702: Captain Richard Lestock
  • from 1705: Captain James Littleton
  • from 1707: Captain Thomas Swanton
  • from 1709 to 1712: Captain Francis Dove

The ship was broken up in August 1713 and rebuilt at Woolwich Dockyard and relaunched on 17 September 1715. She was finally broken up in 1749.

Service during the War

In August 1702, the ship was part of the powerful combined fleet assembled for the unsuccessful expedition against Cádiz. On its way home, this fleet captured the largest part of the plate-fleet in the Battle of Vigo Bay.

In 1703, the ship served with the Fleet of the Mediterranean.

On 24 August 1704, the ship took part in the Battle of Málaga.

In 1705, the ship was part of the British fleet who appeared off the coast of Barcelona to support the rebellion of Catalonia.

In 1707, the ship sailed to Lisbon and then to the Soundings.

In 1708, the ship returned to the Mediterranean.

In 1709, the ship was assigned guard duty at Nore.

From 10 September 1713, the ship was docked at Woolwich Dockyard to be broken up and rebuilt.


Technical specifications
Guns 80 (in 1695)
Lower gundeck 24 x demi-cannon and 2 x culverin
Upper gundeck 26 x culverin
Quarterdeck 16 x 6-pdrs
Forecastle 6 x 6-pdrs
Roundhouse 4 x 3-pdrs
Crew 490 men
Length at gundeck 156 ft (47.5 m)
Width 42 ft (12.8 m)
Depth 17 ft (5.2 m)
Displacement 1194 Tons (Builder's Old Measurement)


Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy

Harrison, Simon and Manuel Blasco, Three Decks - Warships in the Age of Sail


N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.