Nominal Guns80
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate ship of the line 'Marlborough' (1732) (90)
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 Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

1760Broadside Weight = 731 Imperial Pound ( 331.5085 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Commanding Officers

1756/06 - 1756/07CaptainWittewronge TaylorBWAS-17141756/07 - 1757/01CaptainWilliam HolburneBWAS-17141757/01/19 - 1759/05CaptainRobert FaulknorBWAS-17141759/05 - 1760/09CaptainJohn WellerBWAS-17141760/12 - 1762/03CaptainJohn HollwallBWAS-17141762/05/01 - 1762/11/29CaptainThomas BurnettBWAS-1714

Flag Officers

1756/11 - 1757/01Rear-Admiral of the RedFrancis HolburneBWAS-17141757/01 - 1760Rear-Admiral of the WhiteThomas CotesBWAS-17141761Rear-Admiral of the BlueGeorge Brydges RodneyBWAS-1714

Petty Officers

1761/08/27 - 1762/11/29MidshipmanWilliam ForsterLPC

Service History

1759/06At JamaicaBWAS-1714
1760/08Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1760/09Paid offBWAS-1714
1760/12Refitted 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
LPC Lieutenant's Passing Certificate Document

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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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