Princess Royal

Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down31.10.1767BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.4.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBarfleur ClassBWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up10.1807BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck177' 6"Imperial Feet53.9516 
Length of Keel145' 5"Imperial Feet44.1988 
Breadth50' 6"Imperial Feet15.3924 
Depth in Hold21' 0"Imperial Feet6.4008 
Draught Forward14' 7"Imperial Feet4.3117 
Draught Aft17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,972 3694Tons BM 


1773Broadside Weight = 907 Imperial Pound ( 411.3245 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

1778Broadside Weight = 931 Imperial Pound ( 422.2085 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

6.1790Broadside Weight = 958 Imperial Pound ( 434.453 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

21 Ship Commanders

5.4.1777 - 4.5.1778Captain Mark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 6/21/274BWAS-17144.5.1778 - 31.8.1779Captain William Blair (1741-1782) Transfered ADM 6/21/400BWAS-171431.8.1779 - 5.6.1780Captain Harry Harmood (1739-1809) Transfered ADM 6/22/183
Issued by Hyde Parker (1713/14-1783), North America
Confirmed 19.10.1780
5.6.1780 - 23.7.1780Captain John McLaurin (d.1792) ADM 6/22/306
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 30.6.1781
ADM 6/22
16.6.1780 - 23.7.1780Captain John Thomas (d.1810) Transfered ADM 6/22/464
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 7.5.1782
ADM 6/22
23.7.1780 - 31.1.1781Captain John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817) Transfered ADM 6/22/340
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 17.9.1781
31.1.1781 - 27.2.1781Captain Bartholomew Samuel Rowley (1763-1811) Transfered ADM 6/22/531
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 22.10.1782
ADM 6/22
27.2.1781 - 27.7.1781Captain Charles Hotchkys ADM 6/22/459
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 25.4.1782
30.5.1782 - 11.4.1783Captain Jonathon Faulknor (c.1729-1795) Transfered ADM 6/22/474BWAS-171414.4.1783 - 8.9.1784Captain Jonathon Faulknor (c.1729-1795) Transfered ADM 6/23/49ADM 6/2315.5.1790 - 18.1.1791Captain John Holloway (1747-1826) Transfered ADM 6/24/30BWAS-17143.4.1793 - 1797Captain John Child Purvis (1746/47-1825) ADM 6/24/226BWAS-17146.1797 - 9.1797Captain Thomas Baker (1771-1845)BWAS-17149.1797 - 1799Captain Thomas DraperBWAS-17141799 - 9.1799Captain John Dixon (d.1803)BWAS-17144.1800 - 1.1.1801Captain Thomas Macnamara Russell (1743-1824)BWAS-17141.1801Commander James Katon (1770-1845)BWAS-17141.1801 - 2.1802Captain David Atkins (d.1811)BWAS-17146.1803 - 5.1804Captain William CumingBWAS-17145.1804 - 8.1804Captain Herbert Sawyer (d.1833)BWAS-17148.1804 - 1807Captain Robert Carthew Reynolds (1745-1811)BWAS-1714

10 Flag Officers

4.5.1778 - 1.1780Vice-Admiral John Byron (1723-1786)BWAS-17141.1780 - 5.6.1780Rear-Admiral of the Red Hyde Parker (1713/14-1783) ADM 6/22/259BWAS-17145.6.1780 - 27.7.1781Rear-Admiral of the Blue Joshua Rowley (1734-1790)BWAS-171416.5.1790 - 9.9.1791Vice-Admiral William Hotham (1736-1813)BWAS-17141.1793 - 12.4.1794Rear-Admiral of the Blue Samuel Granston Goodall (d.1801)BWAS-171412.4.1794 - 1795Vice-Admiral of the Blue Samuel Granston Goodall (d.1801)BWAS-17146.1797 - 1799Rear-AdmiralSir John Orde (1751-1824)BWAS-17141799 - 9.1799Rear-Admiral of the Red Thomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799)BWAS-17141.1801 - 2.1802Rear-AdmiralSir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814)BWAS-17146.1803 - 5.1804Vice-AdmiralSir Robert Calder (1st Baronet of Southwick) (1745-1818)BWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers

4.5.1778 - 15.7.1778Fifth Lieutenant Richard Grindall ADM 6/21/400ADM 6/213.1779 - 21.7.1779Lieutenant John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817)WWNH17.4.1783 - 14.9.1784Second Lieutenant William Browell (d.1831) Transfered ADM 6/23/52ADM 6/2317.4.1783 - 14.9.1784Third Lieutenant Thomas Ireland (d.1794) Transfered ADM 6/23/52ADM 6/2317.4.1783 - 1783Acting Fourth Lieutenant Nathaniel Portlock (d.1818) ADM 6/23/52ADM 6/2320.7.1797 - 8.7.1798Lieutenant Thomas Folliott BaughNBD184923.3.1804 - 4.8.1804Lieutenant John Burn (1772-?)NBD18497.12.1805 - 2.1807Lieutenant William Borough (1781-1852)NBD1849

3 Warrant Officers

6.6.1780 - 23.7.1780Master Richard BurlaceADM 29-125.5.1793 - 23.10.1794Master John TillyADM 29-11.4.1797 - 14.4.1797Cook Lawrence BeerADM 29-1

7 Petty Officers

3.7.1783 - 1785Midshipman James Katon (1770-1845)NBD18493.1793 - 7.1795Midshipman Daniel WeldNBD18492.1794 - 1796Master's Mate James Brockman (d.1845)NBD18491795Midshipman Henry HeathcoteADM 171/81795Midshipman William Hall Gage (1777-1864)ADM 171/87.1797 - 8.1799Midshipman William Borough (1781-1852)NBD18498.1804 - 10.1807Midshipman Francis Beaumont (1787-?)NBD1849

5 Crewmen

1795Able Seaman Robert ForrestADM 171/81795Ordinary Seaman Francis PattersonADM 171/81795Ordinary Seaman Robert McNamaraADM 171/87.1800 - 18011st Class Volunteer Thomas Bourchier (1791-?)NBD184911.7.1806 - 18071st Class Volunteer Edward KeaneNBD1849

1 Marine

1795Lieutenant, 30th Regiment of Foot Digby MaxwellADM 171/8

Service History

4.1777First commissioned for the Channel stationBWAS-1714
19.7.1777Completed at a first cost of £48,729.8.11d plus £6,453.5.6d for fittingBWAS-1714
1778Refitted as a 98 gun Second Rate
9.6.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
29.9.1778At Sandy HookBWAS-1714
13.12.1778Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
15.5.1780Action of March 15 1780
19.5.1780Action of March 19 1780
9.1780Sailed for the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
1781Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
27.7.1781Paid offADM 51
5.1782Fitted and coppered at Chatham at a cost of £18,346.2.0dBWAS-1714
20.10.1782Battle of Cape Spartel
4.1783Recommissioned as a guard shipBWAS-1714
5.1783Fitted as a guard ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714

Paid off

11.1786Started a middling to large repairBWAS-1714
5.1788Completed repair at a cost of £26,844.19.10dBWAS-1714
5.1790Recommissioned for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1714
6.1790Fitted for sea at PortsmouthBWAS-1714

Paid off

22.4.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
14.3.1795Action off Genoa
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
9.1797Fitted at Portsmouth at a cost of £27,150BWAS-1714
10.1797Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
9.1799Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1800Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1803Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
12.5.1807Ordered to be reduced to a 74-gun Third Rate, but was found to be decayedBWAS-1714
10.1807Broken upBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1782-12.1782Fleet for the relief of Gibraltar 1782Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799) 

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I'm loking for the plans

Posted by Hans Weebers on Sunday 15th of May 2016 05:01

Capt Letters 1802 G279, ADM_1_1851, dated 2 Feb 1802, St. Hellens. Daniel Oliver Guion to the admiralty: asks permission to be absent for a short time to be on cruize on this ship with Capt Vashon. For Daniels services see:

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