Royal Navy Ensign
United Kingdom
NameHMS Pitt
BuilderPortsmouth Dockyard
Laid downMay 1813
Launched13 April 1816
FateBroken up, 1877
General characteristics [1]
Class and typeVengeur-class ship of the line
Tons burthen1751 (bm)
Length176 ft (54 m) (gundeck)
Beam47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)
Depth of hold21 ft (6.4 m)
Sail planFull-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
  • Poop deck: 6 × 18-pounder carronades

HMS Pitt was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built by Nicholas Diddams and launched on 13 April 1816 at Portsmouth Dockyard.[1][2]

Intended for use in the Napoleonic Wars the end of the wars rendered her obsolete even before she was launched. Her huge crew of 590 men was a huge burden on the state during peace time. She never served any military function.[3]

Pitt was sold for use as a "coal depot" in 1860, sitting In Portsmouth Docks but purely to hold coal brought in by sea from the north to serve the south of England. She was broken up in 1877.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p189.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Diddams".
  3. ^ "British Third Rate ship of the line 'Pitt' (1816)".


  • 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.