Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'L'Invincible' (1744) (74)
First Commissioned12.1.1747/48
ShipyardRochefort NNF-1715
Designed byPierre MorineauNNF-1715
ConstructorPierre MorineauBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck171' 3"Imperial Feet52.1219 
Length of Keel139' 0 ½"Imperial Feet42.3799 
Breadth49' 3"Imperial Feet14.9437 
Depth in Hold21' 3"Imperial Feet6.477 
Burthen1,793 8594Tons BM 


1.1748Broadside Weight = 790 Imperial Pound ( 358.265 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle6 British 9-Pounder

12.1755Broadside Weight = 880 Imperial Pound ( 399.08 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle6 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.1748650 BWAS-1714
4.1748700 BWAS-1714
22.11.1748140as a guardshipBWAS-1714

7 Commanding Officers

12.1.1747/48 - 30.8.1748CaptainWilliam Lloyd (1725-1796) ADM 6/17/309BWAS-171430.8.1748 - 7.2.1752CaptainJohn Bentley (1703-1772)ADM 10616.1.1753 - 16.5.1753CaptainRobert Pett (d.c.1775) ADM 6/18/53ADM 6/188.1.1756 - 30.6.1756CaptainCharles Colby (c.1701-1771) ADM 6/18/226BWAS-171430.6.1756 - 21.12.1756CaptainMathew Buckle (1716-1784): on board from 7.8.1756 ADM 6/18/287BWAS-171411.11.1756 - 26.4.1757CaptainStephen Colby (c.1720-1779) ADM 6/18/322ADM 6/1826.4.1757 - 19.2.1758CaptainJohn Bentley (1703-1772) ADM 6/18/390BWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

12.1.1747/48 - 12.8.1748Vice-Admiral of the White Peter Warren (1703-1752)BWAS-17141.1756 - 8.1756Vice-Admiral of the WhiteThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)BWAS-17147.1757Rear-Admiral of the BlueSir Charles Hardy (1716-1780)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

16.1.1753 - 16.5.1753Third LieutenantSamuel Hood (1724-1816) ADM 6/18/53ODNB

Service History

14.8.1747Surveyed at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
19.8.1747Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £23738.0.0dBWAS-1714
19.8.1747Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
21.8.1747Registered and namedBWAS-1714
2.1748Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £12849.8.5dBWAS-1714
22.11.1748Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1749Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
16.11.1752Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 6/18
8.1753Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard
3.1756Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £29792.14.9d
2.5.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
7.1757Flagship at HalifaxBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
19.2.1758Wrecked on the Dean Sand off PortsmouthBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1715Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 106ADM 106 1674-1832 Navy Board: Entry Book of Out Letters Document
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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