HMS Kent (1762)

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HMS Kent flying the White Ensign (including the pre-1801 Union Flag), from 'The Fleet Offshore' (1780–1790), a piece of anonymous folk art now at Compton Verney Art Gallery.
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Name: HMS Kent
Ordered: 20 March 1759
Builder: Deptford Dockyard
Launched: 23 March 1762
Fate: Sold out of the service, 1784
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Bellona class ship of the line
Tons burthen: 16172594 (bm)
Length: 168 ft (51 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)
Draught: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 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 Kent was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 March 1762 at Deptford Dockyard.[1]

In 1774, a chest containing perhaps as much as 400 lb (181.4 kg) of gunpowder exploded during saluting, killing eleven and injuring dozens more, and causing the marine drummer sitting on the chest to be blown overboard. The marine reportedly suffered no injuries as a result.[2]

She was sold out of the service in 1784.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p176.
  2. ^ Ships of the Old Navy, Kent.


  • 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.
  • Michael Phillips. Kent (74) (1762). Michael Phillips' Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 15 November 2008.

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