Bedford Galley

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1603
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate galley-frigate 'Bedford Galley' (1697) (34)
First Commissioned12.8.1709BWAS-1603
ShipyardNew England - United States BWAS-1603
ConstructorThomas HollandBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1603
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1603
Sunk as Breakwater3.5.1725BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck103' 3 ½"Imperial Feet31.4071 
Length of Keel91' 8"Imperial Feet27.94 
Breadth29' 0"Imperial Feet8.8392 
Depth in Hold11' 2"Imperial Feet3.4036 
Burthen410 694Tons BM 


1710Broadside Weight = 96 Imperial Pound ( 43.536 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck4 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1710145 BWAS-1603

10 Commanding Officers

12.8.1709 - 26.1.1709/10CaptainJohn Jackson (d.1725): on board from 31.8.1709 ADM 6/10/81ADM 6/1026.1.1709/10 - 26.2.1712/13CaptainAndrew Ley ADM 6/11/21BWAS-16035.10.1715 - 25.2.1716/17CaptainEdward Holland (d.1735/36) ADM 6/12/53BWAS-160326.2.1716/17 - 17.3.1717/18CommanderWilliam Davies (d.1759) ADM 6/12/92BWAS-160317.3.1717/18 - 24.3.1717/18CommanderSamuel Atkins (d.1765) ADM 6/12/119ADM 6/1211.3.1718/19 - 29.5.1720CommanderJames Luck (d.1730) ADM 6/12/158BWAS-160329.5.1720 - 29.9.1720CommanderDaniel Morris (d.1728) ADM 6/13/4
Commission confirmed 20.2.1720/21
ADM 6/13
30.9.1720 - 7.4.1721CommanderJohn Weller (d.1752) ADM 6/13/3
Commission confirmed 13.2.1720/21
ADM 6/13
7.4.1721 - 26.11.1721CommanderEdward Brookes (c.1676-1738) ADM 6/13/8BWAS-16037.12.1721 - 30.3.1723CommanderJohn Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/13/25BWAS-1603

10 Commissioned Officers

12.8.1709 - 6.2.1710/11LieutenantJohn Roose (d.bef.1727) ADM 6/10/81ADM 6/107.2.1710/11 - 6.10.1715LieutenantAnthony Wilkes ADM 6/11/105ADM 6/117.10.1715 - 20.2.1716/17LieutenantSamuel Hill (d.c.1729) ADM 6/10/7ADM 6/1226.2.1716/17 - 16.3.1717/18LieutenantFoot Pike ADM 6/12/92ADM 6/1217.3.1717/18 - 23.3.1717/18LieutenantHenry Robinson (d.c.1727) ADM 6/12/120ADM 6/1211.3.1718/19 - 10.2.1719/20LieutenantIsaac Power (d.1745) ADM 6/12/158ADM 6/1211.2.1719/20 - 12.10.1720LieutenantJohn Elliot (d.bef.1734) ADM 6/12/194ADM 6/1213.10.1720 - 3.12.1721LieutenantJohn Stewart (d.1726) ADM 6/12/228
Commission confirmed 28.12.1720
ADM 6/12
4.12.1721 - 17.7.1722LieutenantWilliam Griffith (d.1752) ADM 6/13/23ADM 6/1318.7.1722 - 30.3.1723LieutenantHenry Power (d.1749) ADM 6/13/42ADM 6/13

Service History

1710Convoy to VirginiaBWAS-1603
1711With Walker's squadron in the St LawrenceBWAS-1603
1712Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
10.1712Paid offBWAS-1603
1716Commissioned ofr an Archangel convoyBWAS-1603
1717Recommissioned for the BalticBWAS-1603
1717Refitted as a Fireship
2.1717Began small repair at Deptford - London
4.1717Completed small repair at Deptford - London at a cost of £420.1.7d
12.1719Began refitting at Deptford - London
2.1720Completed refitting at Deptford - London at a cost of £1126.2.2d
1722Commissioned as a quarantine guardBWAS-1603
22.4.1723Ordered to be used as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1603
3.5.1725Sunk as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1603


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