Nominal Guns22HLP
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorPrivate Owners
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate ship 'Liverpool' (1741) (44)
Home PortLiverpool HLP
ShipyardLiverpool BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 44-Gunner
ConstructorJohn OkillBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Bought by the Navy25.9.1759HLP
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate ship 'Looe' (1759) (44)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHLP
Burthen250Tons BM 


6.1757Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)HLP
Gun Deck18 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1757200 HLP

2 Commanding Officers

6.1757 - 8.1758Captain (Privateer)Edward ForbesHLP8.1758 - 1758Captain (Privateer)Thomas BellHLP

1 Commissioned Officer

6.1757 - 8.1758Lieutenant (Privateer)Thomas BellHLP

Service History

10.6.1757Left Liverpool, losing a landsman overboard in the Formby Channel
18.6.1757Took the French ship Grand Marquis de Tournay, armed with 12 6-pounders.
26.7.1757Recaptured the Sampson, 200 tons burthen, from Antigua for Bristol, which had been taken six days earlier
8.1757Fell in with the Fame. They cruised with the little Guernsey man appearing as a French privateer, with a prize in company. They fell in with the ship Turbot, and a brig and a snow, all of which they capturedBWAS-1714
11.9.1757Sailed from Kinsale
2.10.1757Came upon a single ship action, hailed the larger ship in French, beleiving her to be a privateer and was fired on by the British Royal Navy vessel Antelope (50) . The broadside "carried away our fore-top-gallant mast, part of the head of our foremast, fired a shot through the middle of our main-mast, carried away our lower steering sail boom and fore chain plate, three of our lower shrouds and bobstay, and gave us a shot which went through our bends near the water's edge. He ill damaged our sails and running rigging, and wounded 28 of our men"HLP
3.10.1757Joined the fleet of Admirals Lord Edward Hawke (1st Baron Hawke of Towton) (1704/5-1781) and The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)HLP
21.10.1757Left the fleet "on account of a fever and flux raging amongst our ship's company, owing, it is presumed, to the unlucky accident of wounding our men. We buried six, and had 103 sick"
24.11.1757Arrived in Liverpool
1.1758Sailed on a new cruise, having been remasted
7.1758Sent a French privateer of 24 guns into Cagliari
23.8.1758Arrived in the Mersey with the Roy Gaspard as prize, having previously sent in two merchantmen, the Sarah and Margaretta and the Long BarbaraHLP
15.10.1758Sailed from Liverpool
1.1759Arrived in Falmouth, having captured some Dutch ships and sent them to Ireland
1.1759Arrived in Falmouth, having captured some Dutch ships and sent them to Ireland
7.7.1759Took the Privateer La Nouvelle Hirondelle
11.9.1759Took the Privateer L'Émerillon (8)
20.11.1759Took the Privateer Le Glaneur
27.7.1762Took the Privateer Le Jacques
26.8.1776Took the Unrated Schooner Warren (4)

Notes on Ship

Fate of the prizes of August 1757HLP
The Turbot was described as a ship of about 200 tons burthen, laden with 500 barrels of flour, 400 barrels of wine, 200 barrels pork, 100 barrels beef, 100 ankers brandy, 4,000 gold and silver laced hats, 3,000 pairs shoes, slops, &c. One of the three prizes, the brig La Muette, laden with bale goods, small arms, wines, stores, etc., was entirely lost in St. Bride's Bay, near Milford Haven, where the natives plundered all that was saved of the cargo. Another of the prizes, the brig Six Brothers, about 100 tons burthen, arrived safe in Liverpool, and was sold by auction
Advertisment of 1st September 1758HLP
For a third cruise against the Enemies of Great Britain, the fortunate ship Liverpool privateer, under the command of Capt. John Ward, and will be ready for sea as soon as she comes out of the Graving- Dock. She carries 22 guns (18 of which are twelve-pounders), and 160 men. All gentlemen Seamen and others who are willing to try their fortunes, may apply to the Commander, or Mr. Henry Hardware, Merchant
Advertisment of 28th September 1759HLP
For New York, and will be clear to sail in three weeks, the ship Liverpool, burthen 250 tons, a remarkable fast sailing vessel, with good accommodations for passengers. For freight, redemptioners, indented servants, or passengers, apply to Messrs. Tratiord & Bird, Merchants, or James Chambers, Commander.


HLPHistory of Liverpool PrivateersGomer WilliamsDigital Book
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook

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