Neptune -> 1750 Torbay

Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate ship of the line 'Neptune' (1730) (90)
Keel Laid Down1.1747BWAS-1714
First Commissioned21.1.1755
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck164' 0"Imperial Feet49.9872 
Length of Keel132' 5"Imperial Feet40.2376 
Breadth47' 3"Imperial Feet14.3365 
Depth in Hold18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,572 4694Tons BM 


1690Broadside Weight = 803 Imperial Pound ( 364.1605 kg)EWIKI
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 British 6-Pounder

1750Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)EWIKI
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle18 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1750600 BWAS-1714

11 Commanding Officers

28.1.1755 - 8.1.1756CaptainCharles Colby (c.1701-1771) ADM 6/18/124BWAS-17148.1.1756 - 28.9.1758CaptainAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/18/226BWAS-171428.9.1758 - 19.4.1759CaptainThomas Owen (c.1718-1796) ADM 6/18/541BWAS-171419.4.1759 - 21.8.1759CaptainAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/19/59BWAS-17141.3.1760 - 1763CaptainWilliam Brett (d.1769) ADM 6/19/141BWAS-171417.11.1770 - 4.4.1772CaptainSamuel Wallis (1728-1795) ADM 6/20/315BWAS-17144.4.1772 - 31.3.1775CaptainFrancis Samuel Drake (1729-1789) ADM 6/20/437BWAS-171431.3.1775 - 5.1778CaptainThe Hon. Henry St John (1740-1780) ADM 6/21/82BWAS-171425.12.1779 - 5.1783CaptainJohn Lewis Gidoin (d.1796) ADM 6/22/70BWAS-17145.1783 - 9.1783CaptainPatrick Leslie (d.1783)BWAS-17149.1783 - 10.1783CaptainNicholas Charrington (d.1803)BWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

4.2.1755 - 1.1756Vice-Admiral of the BlueThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)BWAS-171428.9.1758 - 19.4.1759CommodoreAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/18/540BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

1759 - 24.9.1759MidshipmanGeorge Vandeput (d.1800)EWIKI

1 Crewman

1755UnknownPhilip Patton (1739-1815)ODNB

Service History

21.11.1749Refitted as a 74 gun Third RateBWAS-1714
23.8.1750Renamed TorbayEWIKI
1755fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6253.18.4dBWAS-1714

Commissioned as a 74

1.1755fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £5884.7.3dBWAS-1714
22.4.1755Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.6.1755Action of 6-8 June 1755
8.6.1755Took the Third Rate Ship of the Line L'Alcide (64) off Louisbourg
2.7.1756Took the Privateer Storeship Commissaire
12.7.1756Took the Fourth Rate Frégate-Vaisseau de 1er Ordre L'Arc en Ciel (50)
9.1757Present at the Rochefort expeditionBWAS-1714
23.9.1757Present at the attack on Ile d'AixBWAS-1714
23.9.1757Attack on Isle d'Aix
11.1757Took the Privateer Frigate Rostan (26)
27.8.1758Explosion in the forward magazineBWAS-1714
19.10.1758Sailed for the African coastBWAS-1714
29.12.1758Present at the capture of GoreeBWAS-1714
29.12.1758Capture of Goree
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
1760Took the Privateer L'Igouville (14)
1763Paid off early in the yearBWAS-1714
1.1768Began large repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.1769Completed large repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £21080.0.0dBWAS-1714
1771Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1772Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £4458.6.6dBWAS-1714
1773Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
22.6.1773Present at the Spithead reviewBWAS-1714
1775Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1777fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £5005.19.7dBWAS-1714
5.1778Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1779Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
6.1780Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £20462.9.11dBWAS-1714
15.6.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
3.2.1781At St EustatiusBWAS-1714
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
11.10.1781Arrived in North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.12.1781At BarbadosBWAS-1714
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
26.1.1782At St KittsBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
7.1782Sailed to AmericaBWAS-1714
18.10.1782In Company with the London (90) destroyed the Scipion (74) BWAS-1714
5.1783At JamaicaBWAS-1714
10.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
18.7.1784Sold at Portsmouth for £1,310BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1755/04/271755/11/04Fleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
1758/10/161759/03/01Expedition against Île de GoréeAugustus Keppel (1725-1786)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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