Anson

12356
New Anson
Nominal Guns12
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorPrivate Owners
Extant1756
First Commissioned5.11.1756
Home PortLiverpool - Lancashire
ShipyardUnknown
CategoryPrivateer
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Captured12.6.1757

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHCA26
Burthen200Tons BM 

Armament


10.1756Broadside Weight = 60 Imperial Pound ( 27.2106 kg)HLP
Gun Deck12 British 9-Pounder
Gun Deck24 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

5.11.1756Broadside Weight = 5.5 Imperial Pound ( 2.4948 kg)HCA26
Gun Deck22 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck12 Carriage Guns

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
10.1756130 HLP
5.11.1756140 HCA26

1 Ship Commander


DatesRankNameSource
5.11.1756 - 12.6.1757Captain (Privateer) William Cuthbert (d.1757)HLP

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
5.11.1756 - 12.6.1757First Lieutenant (Privateer) Thomas RobertsonHLP

Service History


DateEventSource
3.12.1756Sailed from the MerseyHLP
7.12.1756Recaptured the Rebecca of HullHLP
6.1757Taken by Le Warwick (60) HLP


Notes on Ship


The capture of the Anson, described by Capt. Cuthbert in a letter to his ownersHLP

On the 12th inst., I fell in with a large fleet, to which I gave chase; fell in about the middle of them, and as there were three large ships to windward, which I took to be the convoy, edged to leeward, attempting to cut some of them out; but there found the Amitie frigate, of 24 guns and 250 men, which we engaged from half-an-hour past four to three-quarters past seven o'clock, and as my brave lads behaved like Englishmen, I believe we should have carried her, had not the Warwick of 60 guns, and two more frigates, bore down upon us. As soon as they steered alongside, they gave me their broadsides both from their lower and upper decks. I gave them one in return, and struck, after receiving three shot between wind and water, and most of my rigging cut to pieces. They have stripped all my people, and only left me two shirts and two pair of stockings. I have at last prevailed on them to permit Mr. Robinson (the first lieutenant) to come out of the common jail in Rochelle, where all the rest of my brave boys are confined, a French merchant having become surety for us; and I hear they are to be marched backwards into the country 100 miles, till a general cartel is settled. I am not permitted to say more.


Letter of MarqueHCA26
HCA 26/6/74 1756 November 5

Commander: William Cuthbert.

Ship: Anson.

Burden: 200 tons.

Crew: 140.

Owners: William Gregson, John Bridge, Edward Fryer, Thomas Rumbold, James Sunders and Henry Hardwer of Liverpool, merchants.

Lieutenant: Thomas Robinson.

Gunner: William Forster.

Boatswain: Peter Fallock.

Carpenter: William Bayley.

Surgeon: William Moseley.

Cook: William Ince.

Armament: 12 carriage and 22 swivel guns.

Folio: 77



 

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