Somerset

238
Nominal Guns80BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.12.1725BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1722BWAS-1714
Launched21.10.1731BWAS-1714
First Commissioned22.2.1733/34BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 80-GunnerBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up10.1746BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck157' 10"Imperial Feet47.8536 
Length of Keel128' 1"Imperial Feet39.0153 
Breadth44' 7"Imperial Feet13.4557 
Depth in Hold18' 2"Imperial Feet5.4928 
Burthen1,354 1794Tons BM 

Armament


21.10.1731Broadside Weight = 656 Imperial Pound ( 297.496 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1719520Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.2.1733/34 - 12.4.1738CaptainRichard Lestock (1678/79-1748) ADM 6/15/166BWAS-171414.4.1738 - 29.7.1741CaptainJohn Barnsley (d.1753) ADM 6/15/108BWAS-171430.7.1741 - 24.11.1741CaptainJohn Russell (d.1743/44) ADM 6/16/424
Commission confirmed 15.1.1743/44
ADM 6/16
25.11.1741 - 13.9.1745CaptainGeorge Sclater (d.1750) ADM 6/16/449
Commission confirmed 27.2.1744/45
BWAS-1714
14.9.1745 - 14.11.1745CaptainRobert Allen (d.1752) ADM 6/16/544ADM 6/16

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1738 - 1741Rear-Admiral of the RedNicholas Haddock (1686-1746)BWAS-1714

20 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.2.1733/34 - 12.4.1738First LieutenantJohn James Gaches (d.1748) ADM 6/15/168ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 1734Second LieutenantRichard Dove (d.1734)† ADM 6/14/168ADM 6/142.3.1733/34 - 13.3.1733/34Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Coates (1712-1767) ADM 6/14/171ADM 6/1413.3.1733/34 - 2.8.1734Third LieutenantThomas Coates (1712-1767) ADM 6/14/175ADM 6/1413.3.1733/34 - 14.3.1737/38Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Strachy (d.1740) ADM 6/15/175ADM 6/142.8.1734 - 14.3.1737/38Third LieutenantEdward Legge (d.1747) ADM 6/15/193ADM 6/1428.2.1734/35 - 14.3.1737/38Second LieutenantDaniel Hore (d.1762) ADM 6/15/205ADM 6/1415.3.1737/38 - 12.4.1738Second LieutenantJohn Fenwick (d.1744) ADM 6/15/101ADM 6/1515.3.1737/38 - 12.4.1738Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJoseph Soanes ADM 6/15/101ADM 6/1514.4.1738 - 4.3.1739/40Second LieutenantFranklyn Lushington (d.1742/43) ADM 6/15/108ADM 6/1514.4.1738 - 26.12.1739Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Balchen (1717-1745) ADM 6/16/108ADM 6/151.11.1739 - 16.1.1739/40Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Godsalve (c.1713-1765) ADM 6/17/98
Issued by Nicholas Haddock (1686-1746), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 2.5.1746
ADM 6/17
2.5.1740 - 1.9.1740Third LieutenantGeorge Stepney (d.1753) ADM 6/17/63
Issued by Nicholas Haddock (1686-1746)
Commission confirmed 13.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
2.5.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Stepney (d.1753) ADM 6/17/63
Issued by Nicholas Haddock (1686-1746)
Commission confirmed 13.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
2.9.1740 - 23.10.1740Second LieutenantGeorge Stepney (d.1753) ADM 6/17/63
Issued by Nicholas Haddock (1686-1746)
Commission confirmed 13.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
24.10.1740 - 16.5.1741Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Grenville (1719-1747) ADM 6/16/285
Commission confirmed 2.4.1744
ADM 6/16
17.5.1741 - 25.10.1741First LieutenantJames Osborn (d.1754) ADM 6/17/228
Issued by Joseph Haddock
Commission confirmed 26.5.1747
ADM 6/17
17.5.1741 - 24.11.1741Second LieutenantThomas Grenville (1719-1747) ADM 6/16/185
Commission confirmed 2.4.1744
ADM 6/16
17.5.1741 - 24.11.1741Third LieutenantJohn Barker (c.1706-1776) ADM 6/16/134ADM 6/1625.11.1741 - 4.2.1742/43Third LieutenantJames Cooke (d.bef.1752) ADM 6/16/532ADM 6/16

Service History


DateEventSource
2.11.1731Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £22089.13.4dBWAS-1714
1736Guardship at ChathamBWAS-1714
1737Guardship at ChathamBWAS-1714
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
10.1744Sailed for EnglandBWAS-1714
1.1746Fitted as a guardshipBWAS-1714
10.1746Broekn up at ChathamBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
 

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