Prince George

Nominal Guns80BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate ship of the line 'Prince George' (1723) (90)
First Commissioned4.2.1755BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Constructor Richard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck164' 0"Imperial Feet49.9872 
Length of Keel134' 2"Imperial Feet40.8447 
Breadth47' 6"Imperial Feet14.3474 
Depth in Hold18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,586 1694Imperial Feet0.0043 


1755Broadside Weight = 770 Imperial Pound ( 349.195 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1755750Establishment (as a 90-Gunner)BWAS-1714
13.4.1758745Actual crew when burntBWAS-1714

7 Ship Commanders

4.2.1755 - 14.2.1755Captain Roger Martin (d.1779) Transfered ADM 6/18/127BWAS-171414.2.1755 - 3.5.1756Captain George Brydges Rodney (1719-1792) Transfered ADM 6/18/137BWAS-171415.5.1756 - 4.6.1756Captain Thomas Brodrick (1704-1769) ADM 6/18/265BWAS-171410.6.1756 - 3.10.1756Captain Alexander Arthur Hood (1726-1814) Transfered ADM 6/18/279ODNB3.10.1756 - 19.10.1757Captain Philip Durell (1707-1766) Transfered ADM 6/18/350
Issued by Edward Hawke (1704/5-1781), English Channel - British Isles
Confirmed 1.2.1757
19.10.1757 - 2.12.1757Captain Stephen Colby (c.1720-1779) ADM 6/18/446BWAS-17142.12.1757 - 13.4.1758Captain Joseph Peyton (1725-1804) ADM 6/18/460BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

10.1757 - 13.4.1758Rear-Admiral of the Blue Thomas Brodrick (1704-1769)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

1755 - 14.4.1755Boatswain Charles Davidson (d.1766) Transfered ADM 6/18/155ADM 6/18

1 Petty Officer

2.5.1757 - 15.9.1757Midshipman William Martin (c.1739-?) Transfered ADM 107/5/130ADM 107/1

2 Crewmen

21.5.1756 - 2.7.1756Captain's Servant Cuthbert Baines (1743-1810) Transferedref:98012.8.1757 - 1757Able Seaman John Morgan ADM 36/4801/27ADM 36

Service History

6.1757Started small repair and refit at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
10.1757Completed repair and refit a cost of £9,513.2.8dBWAS-1714
13.4.1758Accidently burnt in the Bay of Biscay en route to the Mediterranean. c485 men drowned and 250 saved.BWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Tuesday 20th of May 2014 16:55

Letter from a midshipman of the Prince George
On Thursday the 13th about half an hour past one in the afternoon, we were alarmed with fire in the boatswains fore store room, which put us all into great disorder; and it being a very thick fog, we could not see one ship in the fleet. We kept firing guns of distress and no ship appeared in sight for an hour, we were all in the greatest consternation; but the fog then dispelling, the Glasgow hailed us, to whom we told our condition, and earnestly begged of them to save our lives. The fire still increasing, we were obliged to hoist out our boats, which from our confusion were near 3 hours fixing to the tackles etc. everybody being engaged in preparing to save himself. The poop, stern and quarter galleries, with the sides,were lined with men and boys, crying out in a most moving manner to be assisted. During this time out of 23 sail of ship's, we had but 3 boats to our assistance, and those would not come near the ship for fear of being sunk, the poor fellows continually jumping over-board, great number of whom were drowned in our sight. We got our boats out, which never returned after going once, by this time the fire had communicated itself to the middle gun deck, and nobody could go down below, everyone expecting his death every minute, either by fire or water, and were taking leave of each other. Soon after going out of the Admiral's cabin, I saw the flames coming out in the hatchway of the upper gun deck; I returned immediately, and took my leave of the petty officers that were there, and went over the starboard stern ladder, to save myself by swimming, and thanks be to Almighty God reached a boat and was taken up. I had just got clear of the ship when the flames became general, and those poor unhappy wretches that could not swim, were obliged to remain upon the wreck, with the fire falling down upon them. Shortly after the masts went away, and killed numbers, and those that were not killed by the masts, tho't themselves happy to get upon them. But the ship rolling by reason of the great sea, the fire had communicated itself to the guns, which swept them off the deck in great numbers, they being all loaded and shotted.

Posted by Brian on Tuesday 20th of May 2014 16:21

1758/04/13 accidentally burnt in the Bay of Biscay
Letter from the master of a merchantman under convoy of Admiral Broderick
Thursday, April 13. Ushant bearing 60 leagues distance, at noon I saw Admiral Broderick hoist a signal; of distress; upon which I made what sail I could, and went down on him. At one in the afternoon I could discern the Pr. George on fire; at two drew pretty near her, but thought they might have quenched the fire. At 3 o'clock I saw plainly there was no quenching it. I was within a hundred yards of her stern, but durst not venture along-side, the sea beating high, besides, the going off of her guns, and danger of blowing up. At four in the afternoon the Admiral was taken up swimming by a merchant ships boat, as then the ships that had boats were all out, and a good many of them lost. The weather providing bad, towards night I was within pistol shot and there remained some time; and picked up 4 of her crew; and had not two of my men run away with my boat the night before we sailed from St Helen's, I am confident I could have saved 60 or 80 of them at least, as I was all the time nearer to them than any ship in the fleet. What made me venture so near was, that I knew my ship went well and was under good command. At six, what a dismal sight, the masts and sails all in a blaze; hundreds of soles hanging by the ropes along-side, I could count 50 of them hanging over in the stern ladder, others in the sea on oars and pieces of wood, a melancholy spectacle; besides the dismal cries from the ship which still ring in my ears. Half an hour past 6, flames broke out at her broadside, and in less than five minutes, every bit of her was in flames, and so continued till 7, when she over set but did not sink. I then ran within 20 yards of her, but my people compelled me to go further off, for fear on striking on the wreck. All I can further say of it, there never was a more socking sight; pray God that I may never see the like again. It was very grievous to me that I could not save more of her men, without running the risk of sharing her fate. The 18th of April at the Glasgow, a 20 gun ship hoisted the signal for all masters of merchant ships to come on board, where the Admiral had his flag hoisted, to know how many people we had saved amongst us, and to deliver them up. Bt the then list it appeared, by the Admiral Capt. Payton, and about 253 men were saved.

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