Five ships and a shore establishment of the Royal Navy have all born the name HMS Cambridge, after the famous English university city.
The first HMS Cambridge was a 70-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1666 and wrecked in 1694. The second HMS Cambridge was an 80-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1695. She was rebuilt in 1715 and broken up in 1750. The third HMS Cambridge was an 80-gun third rate ship of the line launched in 1755. She was on harbour service from 1793 and was broken up in 1808.
The fourth HMS Cambridge was a 80-gun second rater launched in 1815. She became a gunnery training ship in 1856 and was broken up in 1869. The fifth HMS Cambridge was a 116-gun first rater launched in 1858 as HMS Windsor Castle. She was renamed HMS Cambridge in 1869 when she replaced the 1815 vessel as gunnery ship off Plymouth. She was sold in 1908.
Finally, HMS Cambridge was commissioned as a shore establishment between 1956 to 2001 (formerly named HM Gunnery School, Devonport, then Cambridge Gunnery School at Wembury).
This book tells the fascinating story of one of the most famous names in the Royal Navy’s history.
WOODEN WALLS TO STONE FRIGATE Pictorial story of HSM Cambridge
Since 1666, the year of the Great Fire of London when the first one was launched, no fewer than five Royal Naval ships have proudly born the name HMS Cambridge. After the last of the line was sold in 1908, the name was bestowed until 2001 on the Navy’s gunnery schools at Devonport and Wembury. This fascinating history tells the story of all five ships and the shore establishment. A must for all interested in Royal Navy history.