Nominal Guns80
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Second Rate ship of the line 'Marlborough' (1732) (90)
Keel Laid Down11.1753
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham
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 


6.1756Broadside 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

6 Commanding Officers

28.6.1756 - 10.2.1757CaptainWilliam Holburne (c.1711-1760): on board from 5.7.1756 ADM 6/18/286BWAS-171419.1.1757 - 6.6.1758CaptainRobert Faulknor (1721-1769) ADM 6/18/346BWAS-17146.6.1758 - 30.9.1760CaptainJohn Weller (c.1717-1772) ADM 6/19/205
Issued by Thomas Coates (1712-1767), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 30.10.1760
21.4.1761 - 27.4.1762CaptainJohn Hollwall (c.1723-1775) ADM 6/19/311BWAS-171427.4.1762 - 1.5.1762CaptainMolyneaux Shuldham (1717-1798) ADM 6/19/404ADM 6/191.5.1762 - 29.11.1762CaptainThomas Burnett (1724-1783) ADM 6/19/472
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 17.3.1763

3 Flag Officers

11.1756 - 1.1757Rear-Admiral of the RedFrancis Holburne (1704-1771)BWAS-17141.1757 - 1760Rear-Admiral of the WhiteThomas Coates (1712-1767)BWAS-171410.9.1761 - 1761Rear-Admiral of the BlueGeorge Brydges Rodney (1719-1792)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

27.8.1761 - 29.11.1762MidshipmanWilliam ForsterLPC

Service History

6.1759At JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.1760Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

12.1760Refitted as a 68 gun Third Rate
3.1761Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8885.18.5dBWAS-1714
18.10.1761Sailed for the Leeward islandsBWAS-1714
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
11.6.1762Siege of El Morro
29.11.1762Foundered in the Atlantic on the voyage home, all crew savedBWAS-1714


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ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
LPCLieutenant'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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