Saint Albans

Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned29.12.1747
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 60-Gunner
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas WestBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck149' 10"Imperial Feet45.4152 
Length of Keel121' 4 ⅛"Imperial Feet36.884 
Breadth43' 4"Imperial Feet13.1403 
Depth in Hold18' 6"Imperial Feet5.5055 
Burthen1,207 3294Tons BM 


23.12.1747Broadside 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
1745420Design Complement

8 Commanding Officers

29.12.1747 - 1.12.1748CaptainJohn Moore (1717/18-1779) ADM 6/17/303BWAS-171422.12.1748 - 26.8.1752CaptainJohn Byron (1723-1786) ADM 6/17/426BWAS-171426.8.1752 - 11.2.1754CaptainSamuel Faulknor (c.1719-1759) ADM 6/18/43BWAS-171418.9.1755 - 5.11.1756CaptainWilliam Gordon (1705-1769) ADM 6/18/195BWAS-17145.11.1756 - 10.3.1757CaptainMatthew Whitwell (c.1720-1789) ADM 6/18/319ADM 6/1810.3.1757 - 1.3.1758CaptainJames Webb (d.1761) ADM 3/18/368BWAS-17143.3.1758 - 6.11.1758CaptainJames Baker (d.1765) ADM 6/18/536
Issued by Henry Osborne (1694-1771), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 6.9.1758
6.11.1758 - 1758CaptainEdward Vernon (1723-1794) ADM 6/19/159
Issued by Thomas Brodrick (1704-1769), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 19.4.1760

4 Commissioned Officers

29.12.1747 - 30.9.1748Second LieutenantJames Brydges ADM 6/17/303ADM 6/1730.9.1748 - 1.12.1748First LieutenantJames Brydges ADM 6/17/387ADM 6/175.8.1752 - 23.9.1755Second LieutenantThomas Rodd ADM 6/18/42ADM 6/1819.9.1755 - 6.4.1756First LieutenantWilliam Harris (c.1723-1766) ADM 6/18/195ADM 6/18

Service History

23.12.1747Completed at Deptford at a cost of £17865.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.12.1747Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.11.1748Ordered to be reduced to a guard shipBWAS-1714
23.12.1748Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard ADM 106
40.30.1748Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £7328.1.3dBWAS-1714
12.1752Sailed to Anbamaboe in West Africa, then to Jamaica and homeBWAS-1714
11.2.1754Paid offBWAS-1714
1.12.1756Took the Privateer Rouille
29.12.1756Took the Privateer Le Prince de Conti
21.4.1757Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1758Took the Fourth Rate Flûte La Loire (50) in the Mediterranean
19.8.1758At LagosBWAS-1714
18.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay
12.2.1765Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
14.3.1765Sold at Chatham for £650BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
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 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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