Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Sixth Rate frigate 'Solebay' (1744) (26)
First Commissioned11.8.1746BWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth NNF-1715
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Merchant ship 'Solebay' (1763)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Length of Keel87' 0"Imperial Feet26.5176 
Breadth30' 5 ½"Imperial Feet9.1567 
Depth in Hold9' 5"Imperial Feet2.8702 
Burthen429 2994Tons BM 


8.1746Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733140Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

11.8.1746 - 19.2.1748/49CaptainJohn Vaughan (c.1715-1789) ADM 6/17/139BWAS-17145.8.1755 - 7.10.1755CaptainRobert Digby (1732-1815) ADM 6/18/186ADM 6/187.10.1755 - 4.1.1757CaptainJohn Ferguson (c.1708-1767) ADM 6/18/198BWAS-17144.1.1757 - 18.10.1758CaptainRobert Craig (1715-1769) ADM 6/18/340BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 3.7.1761CaptainJohn Dalrymple (1722-1798) ADM 6/18/548BWAS-17143.7.1761 - 7.2.1763CaptainJohn Wilson (c.1728-1795) ADM 6/19/326BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

4.9.1746 - 21.10.1748LieutenantBenjamin Wells ADM 6/17/149ADM 6/17

Service History

21.4.1746Arrived at BristolBWAS-1714
11.8.1746Purchased at Bristol - England at a cost of £3758.17.9dBWAS-1714
12.1746Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1746/47Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2852.5.3dBWAS-1714
13.4.1747Took the Privateer Le Grande Alexandre
19.2.1748/49Paid off at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness ADM 6/18
11.1754Began repairs at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1755Completed repairs at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1073.10.6dBWAS-1714
6.1755Began repairs at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
9.1755Completed repairs at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £2571.7.6dBWAS-1714
9.1755Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1756Recommissioned for the East coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
11.1756Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3837.16.4dBWAS-1714
24.4.1757Took the Privateer Le Chevalier Bart (10)
26.5.1758Action of 26 May 1758
1759In the DownsBWAS-1714
31.1.1761Took the Privateer La Chevrette (18)
7.2.1763Paid offADM 51
18.2.1763Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
15.3.1763Sold to Mr Charles Dingley for £1,705BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1715Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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