Prince of Orange

Nominal Guns70BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1731BWAS-1714
First Commissioned15.5.1738BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 70-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck151' 0"Imperial Feet46.0248 
Length of Keel123' 2"Imperial Feet37.4926 
Breadth41' 6"Imperial Feet12.6492 
Depth in Hold17' 4"Imperial Feet5.1961 
Burthen1,128 3094Tons BM 


5.9.1734Broadside Weight = 522 Imperial Pound ( 236.727 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719440Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

15.5.1738 - 25.7.1738CaptainRobert Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/15/116ADM 6/1526.7.1738 - 26.11.1738CaptainRichard Thomas Girlington (d.1743) ADM 6/15/132BWAS-171412.6.1739 - 24.9.1740CaptainWilliam Davies (d.1759) ADM 6/15/184BWAS-171424.9.1740 - 10.6.1741CaptainHenry Osborne (1694-1771) ADM 6/16/335BWAS-171411.6.1741 - 11.8.1742CaptainMiles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/16/83
Commission confirmed 4.8.1742
14.6.1743 - 15.12.1746CaptainMiles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/16/188ADM 6/1622.3.1757 - 30.9.1758CaptainJohn Ferguson (c.1708-1767) ADM 6/18/372ADM 6/1818.12.1760 - 10.3.1763CaptainSamuel Wallis (1728-1795) ADM 6/19/221BWAS-17146.5.1763 - 6.6.1763CaptainJohn Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/19/493ADM 6/195.1803 - 9.1803CaptainCharles Cunningham (d.1834)ref:616

24 Commissioned Officers

16.5.1738 - 26.11.1738Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPeter Fox ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/1512.6.1739 - 2.10.1740First LieutenantJohn Davies ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/1512.6.1739 - 14.11.1739Second LieutenantEdward Spragge (d.1757) ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/1512.6.1739 - 13.9.1739Third LieutenantThomas Philpott ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/1531.8.1739 - 18.9.1739Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsTobias Pye ADM 6/15/218ADM 6/1519.9.1739 - 14.11.1739Third LieutenantTobias Pye ADM 6/15/222ADM 6/1519.9.1739 - 14.11.1739Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Clark (c.1719-1745) ADM 6/15/222ADM 6/1515.11.1739 - 2.10.1740Second LieutenantTobias Pye ADM 6/15/235ADM 6/1515.11.1739 - 2.10.1740Third LieutenantHenry Clark (c.1719-1745) ADM 6/15/235ADM 6/153.10.1740 - 26.2.1741/42First LieutenantTobias Pye ADM 6/15/347ADM 6/153.10.1740 - 25.2.1741/42Second LieutenantHenry Clark (c.1719-1745) ADM 6/16/347ADM 6/158.2.1741/42 - 6.3.1741/42Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRobert Sisson (d.1747/48) ADM 6/16/126
Commission confirmed 22.12.1742
ADM 6/16
26.2.1741/42 - 26.5.1742First LieutenantHenry Clark (c.1719-1745) ADM 6/16/83ADM 6/1627.5.1742 - 11.8.1742First LieutenantRobert Hay (c.1710-1747) ADM 6/16/117
Commission confirmed 16.11.1742
ADM 6/16
14.6.1743 - 8.11.1743First LieutenantJonathon Russell ADM 6/16/188ADM 6/1617.6.1743 - 30.8.1743Third LieutenantJohn Neale ADM 6/16/190ADM 6/1625.6.1743 - 9.4.1744Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Hamilton (d.1747) ADM 6/16/194ADM 6/1631.8.1743 - 9.4.1744Second LieutenantRichard Bligh (1713-1748) ADM 6/16/215ADM 6/1631.8.1743 - 11.4.1744Third LieutenantBenjamin Almes (c.1715-1746) ADM 6/16/215ADM 6/1615.9.1744 - 24.5.1745Second LieutenantJohn Saunders ADM 6/17/180
Commission confirmed 15.12.1746
ADM 6/17
12.5.1745 - 9.6.1746Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsDaniel Rainier ADM 6/17/12
Issued by Thomas Davers (1689-1746)
Commission confirmed 24.10.1745
ADM 6/17
25.5.1745 - 15.12.1746First LieutenantJohn Saunders ADM 6/17/180
Commission confirmed 15.12.1746
ADM 6/17
10.7.1745 - 23.11.1746Third LieutenantSamuel Gibbs ADM 6/17/30
Commission confirmed 6.12.1745
ADM 6/17
24.9.1746 - 15.12.1746Second LieutenantJohn Reynolds (c.1713-1766) ADM 6/17/157ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

7.10.1760 - 10.3.1763MasterGeorge Teer (d.1789)IPC

1 Crewman

5.1803 - 9.1803Able SeamanJames BanceNBD1849

Service History

30.9.1734Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £17239.7.10dBWAS-1714
1738Commissioned for home watersBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
1740Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1741Sailed to the JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.8.1742Paid offADM 51
10.1742Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1743Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £22105.15.7dBWAS-1714
20.10.1744Went ashore in a hurrican but was salvedBWAS-1714
1746Sailed from Jamaica for homeBWAS-1714
15.12.1746Paid offADM 51
6.1747Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
16.10.1747Refitted as a 60 gun Fourth Rate
10.1748Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £12218.16.4dBWAS-1714
7.1755Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1757Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £22159.7.0dBWAS-1714
23.3.1758Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.6.1758The Siege of Louisbourg
1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
4.1761Bellisle operationsBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
12.1771Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
4.1772Refitted as a Unrated Sheer Hulk
4.1772Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3560.18.2dBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1744/10/201744/10/21Jamaica Hurricane, 1744 


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
IPCIndividual's Passing Certificate Document
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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