Captain -> 1777 Buffalo

Nominal Guns70BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1740/02/25BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 70-Gunner
ConstructorThomas HollandBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Buffalo' (1777) (50)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck151' 0"Imperial Feet46.0248 
Length of Keel122' 0"Imperial Feet37.1856 
Breadth43' 6 ½"Imperial Feet13.1191 
Depth in Hold17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,230 2894Tons BM 


1743/04/14Broadside 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

1753Broadside Weight = 504 Imperial Pound ( 228.564 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733480Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1743/04 - 1743/10CaptainThe Hon. John ByngBWAS-17141743/10 - 1746/01CaptainThomas GriffinODNB1746 - 1747CaptainEdward LeggeBWAS-17141747 - 1747/09/19CommodoreEdward LeggeBWAS-17141747/09/19 - 1748/05CaptainHugh PalliserBWAS-17141748/05 - 1749CaptainRichard HughesBWAS-17141753/05 - 1756/09CaptainCharles CatfordBWAS-17141756/09 - 1759CaptainJohn AmherstBWAS-17141762/04 - 1762/09CaptainGeorge FalconerBWAS-17141762/09/24 - 1763CaptainJohn BrookesBWAS-17141771/02 - 1774CaptainThomas SymondsBWAS-1714

Flag Officers

1748/05 - 1749Vice-Admiral of the WhiteHenry OsbornBWAS-17141771/02 - 1774Rear-Admiral of the BlueJohn MontaguBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1743/04 - 1743LieutenantAugustus John HerveyODNB

Service History

1743/05/17Completed at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £26065.11.8dBWAS-1714
1743/07Sailed for the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1714
1743/09Off Cape OrtegalBWAS-1714
1744In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1744/03/29Took the Privateer Faucon
1745/06/04Took the Privateer Ship Grand Turk (32)
1746In the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1714
1747Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1750Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1751Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £11983.1.10dBWAS-1714
1753Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate
1753/03Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1753/05Recommissioned as a guard ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1753/05Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3575.19.6dBWAS-1714
1754/11Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1755Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3751.11.11dBWAS-1714
1756/04/06Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1756/05/20Battle of Minorca
1757/04/16Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1758/02Took the storeship Foudroyant (22)BWAS-1714
1758/06The Seige of Louisburg
1759/09At Quebec and then sailed homeBWAS-1714
1762/04Recommissioned ofr harbour service in Sea ReachBWAS-1714
1763/04Began large repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1766/04Completed large repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £20904.0.0dBWAS-1714
1770/11Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1771/04Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7475.15.4dBWAS-1714
1771/06/18Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1774Ordered HomeBWAS-1714
1777Converted to an armed storeship
1777/02/07Ordered to be renamed and fitted as a 30-gun store shipBWAS-1714
1777/02/07Renamed BuffaloBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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