King of Prussia

Nominal Guns16
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorPrivate Owners
First Commissioned1756/11/26
Home PortLiverpool
Ship TypeUnknown
BecomesFrench corvette 'Roi de Prusse' (1758) (10)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHCA26
Burthen220Tons BM 


1756/11/26Broadside Weight = 5 Imperial Pound ( 2.268 kg)HCA26
Gun Deck20 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1756/11/26Broadside Weight = 81 Imperial Pound ( 36.7335 kg)ref:970
Gun Deck18 British 9-Pounder


1756/11/26 - 1756Thomas ParkeHCA26

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1756/11/26170 HCA26

Commanding Officers

1756/11/26 - 1758/11Captain (Privateer)William MackafieHCA26

Notes on Ship

Letter of MarqueHCA26
HCA 26/6/108 1756 November 26

Commander: William Mackafie.

Ship: King of Prussia.

Burden: 220 tons.

Crew: 170.

Owners: Thomas Parke and Company of Liverpool, merchants.

Lieutenant: Peter Smith.

Gunner: William Brown.

Boatswain: Thomas Rimer.

Carpenter: John Chapman.

Surgeon: William Jones.

Cook: John Chernock.

Armament: 18 carriage and 20 swivel guns.

Folio: 111.

Note that the King George and King of Prussia received similar commissions.

Advertisment Dec. 12 1756HCA26

Now fitting out for a cruise, and will be ready to sail next week against the enemy of Great Britain, the ship King of Prussia privateer, under the command of William Mackaffee. Burthen 250 tons, mounts 16 carriage guns (all nine-pounders) 20 swivels, and 154 men. All gentlemen seamen and ablebodied landmen, that are willing to imitate the brave King whose name the ship bears, in curbing the insolence of the French, and making their fortunes immediately, will meet with suitable encouragement by applying to Messrs. Thomas Parke & Stanhope Mason, Merchants, or the Commander. N.B. This ship carried a commission the last war, met with great success in taking many prizes, and is a remarkable prime sailor.


NNF-1715 Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
HCA26 HCA 26 1689-1809 High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Registers of Declarations for Letters of MarqAuthorityWeb Site
ref:970 The Impact of British Privateers in the Seven Years' WarLydia TownsDocument

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