Nominal Guns80
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate ship of the line 'Marlborough' (1732)
Keel Laid Down1753/11
How acquiredPurpose built
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck164' 0"Imperial Feet49.9872
Length of Keel132' 5"Imperial Feet40.2376
Breadth47' 2"Imperial Feet14.3329
Depth in Hold18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864
Burthen1,566 8994Imperial Feet0.024


1756/06Broadside Weight = 770 Imperial Pound ( 349.195 kg) BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4British 6-Pounder
1760Broadside Weight = 731 Imperial Pound ( 331.5085 kg) BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2British 9-Pounder

Flag Officers

1756/111757/01Rear-Admiral of the RedFrancis HolburneBWAS-1714
1757/011760Rear-Admiral of the WhiteThomas CotesBWAS-1714
17611761Rear-Admiral of the BlueGeorge Brydges RodneyBWAS-1714


1756/061756/07CaptainWittewronge TaylorBWAS-1714
1756/071757/01CaptainWilliam HolburneBWAS-1714
1757/01/191759/05CaptainRobert FaulknorBWAS-1714
1759/051760/09CaptainJohn WellerBWAS-1714
1760/121762/03CaptainJohn HollwallBWAS-1714
1762/05/011762/11/29CaptainThomas BurnettBWAS-1714

Service History

DateEvent Source
1759/06At JamaicaBWAS-1714
1760/08Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1760/09Paid offBWAS-1714
1760/12Re-classed as a 68 gun Third Rate 
1761/03Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £8885.18.5dBWAS-1714
1761/10/18Sailed for the Leeward islandsBWAS-1714
1762/06/06Operations against Havanna 
1762/06/11Siege of El Morro 
1762/11/29Foundered in the Atlantic on the voyage home, all crew savedBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 24th of January 2017 20:39

1 Jun 1762 Stirling Castle, Dragon, Marlborough and Cambridge sent by Ad Pocock to bombard the fortifications of Morro, Havana but their fire was ineffective and all vessels were badly damaged. NB not listed as being at the invasion of Cuba

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