Nominal Guns60
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down25.1.1742/43
First Commissioned5.4.1744
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth
Ship Class1741 Establishment 60-Gunner
Constructor Peirson Lock (d.1755)
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck147' 0"Imperial Feet44.8056 
Length of Keel119' 9"Imperial Feet36.2832 
Breadth42' 0"Imperial Feet12.8016 
Depth in Hold18' 1"Imperial Feet5.4896 
Burthen1,123 5794Tons BM 


4.4.1744Broadside Weight = 462 Imperial Pound ( 209.517 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1745Broadside Weight = 474 Imperial Pound ( 214.959 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1741420Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

5.4.1744 - 5.1746Captain John Brett (d.1785) ADM 6/16/286BWAS-17145.1746 - 15.9.1746Captain John Crookshanks (1708-1795)ref:105916.9.1746 - 22.2.1748/49Captain Frederick Cornewall (1706-1786) ADM 6/17/153BWAS-17149.11.1756 - 21.2.1757Captain James Webb (d.1761) ADM 6/18/320BWAS-171421.2.1757 - 31.1.1758Captain George Mackenzie (d.1780) ADM 6/18/359BWAS-171431.1.1758 - bef.22.2.1759Captain Robert Grant (c.1719-1758) ADM 6/18/479BWAS-171422.2.1759 - 1.1.1761Captain James Colville (d.1761)BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers

10.4.1744 - 19.4.1744First Lieutenant Nicholas Cooper (d.1750) ADM 6/16/289ADM 6/1620.4.1744 - 29.9.1746First Lieutenant Joseph Kerly (d.1765) ADM 6/16/298ADM 6/1617.5.1746 - 22.5.1747Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Partington (c.1719-?) ADM 6/17/105ADM 6/1729.9.1746 - 22.5.1747Second Lieutenant William Moon (d.c.1747) ADM 6/17/158ADM 6/1721.6.1748 - 22.2.1748/49Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Francis Upton (c.1720-1757) ADM 6/17/461
Issued by Henry Osborne (1694-1771)
Commission confirmed 8.5.1749
ADM 6/17

Service History

19.6.1744Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £26960.17.11dBWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 60 gun Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
20.2.1744/45Took the Flûte L'Elephant (16) in the Soundings
6.1745At LouisbourgBWAS-1714
2.8.1745Took the Merchant La Notre Dame de la Deliverance (22) BG
1746With the Western SquadronBWAS-1714
4.1747Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
22.2.1748/49Paid offADM 51
3.1756Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1757Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £18849.17.11dBWAS-1714
2.5.1757Sailed for AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
6.3.1758Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
22.2.1759At the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1714
10.9.1759Battle of Pondicherry
1.1.1761Foundered at anchor off Pondicherry in a hurricane, 376 drowned with 17 survivorsBWAS-1714


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Posted by Albert Parker on Tuesday 28th of July 2020 21:33

John Crookshanks (q.v.) commanded Sunderland in 1746, from May at least through July. His crew mutinied over his refusal of action on July 2 with three French ships that he said were 44s but that they insisted were of lesser force. After a court-martial in September, a leader of the mutineers was hanged the first lieutenant (whose name I have not found) was cashiered, and Crookshanks was relieved of command of Sunderland. “Crookshanks, John,” in Dictionary of National Biography, vol. 5, p. 207 (article by J.K, Laughton).

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