Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.5.1746BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Ward (d.1752)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Imperial Feet48.768 
Length of Keel131' 4"Imperial Feet39.9321 
Breadth45' 4"Imperial Feet13.7363 
Depth in Hold19' 4"Imperial Feet5.8025 
Burthen1,435 6294Tons BM 


18.7.1748Broadside Weight = 731 Imperial Pound ( 331.5085 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1745520Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers

28.2.1748/49 - 21.11.1752CaptainThomas Sturton (d.1754) ADM 6/17/445BWAS-171416.1.1753 - 4.2.1755CaptainHarry Powlett (1720-1794) ADM 6/18/53BWAS-17144.2.1755 - 5.7.1757CaptainFrancis Geary (1709-1796) ADM 6/18/128BWAS-17145.7.1757 - 26.9.1762CaptainEdward Hughes (1720-1794) ADM 6/18/418BWAS-171426.9.1762 - 1762CaptainWilliam Parry (d.1779) ADM 6/19/488
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775)
Commission confirmed 27.4.1763
ADM 6/19
1763 - 6.1763CaptainJohn Clark (d.1789)BWAS-17148.1.1771 - 2.9.1773CaptainEdward Hughes (1720-1794) ADM 6/20/332BWAS-171415.9.1773 - 31.3.1775CaptainSir Edward Le Cras (d.1784) ADM 6/20/515BWAS-171431.3.1775 - 2.11.1778CaptainGeorge Ourry (1732-1800) ADM 6/21/82BWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

1756Vice-Admiral of the RedHenry Osborne (1694-1771)BWAS-17141759Vice-Admiral of the BlueCharles Saunders (1713-1775)BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

1.12.1748 - 21.1.1752Third LieutenantWilliam Peevey ADM 6/17/416ADM 6/1730.12.1748 - 21.11.1752Second LieutenantJohn Bernard ADM 6/17/427ADM 6/1717.6.1775 - 24.2.1776Fourth LieutenantCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810) ADM 6/21/110
Issued by Samuel Graves (1713-1787), North America
Commission confirmed 5.8.1775

1 Warrant Officer

1773 - 22.1.1773SurgeonJames Young ADM 6/20/475ADM 6/20

2 Petty Officers

7.1757 - 7.4.1760MidshipmanJohn Bazely (1741-1809)ref:6761758 - 15.4.1761MidshipmanJohn Blankett (1741-1801)ref:676

Service History

29.7.1748Completed at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £33967.13.8dBWAS-1714
12.1748Commissioned as a guardship at ChathamBWAS-1714
1750Moved to SheernessBWAS-1714
21.11.1752Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 6/18
1.1753Guard ship at ChathamBWAS-1714
22.4.1755Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
13.4.1757Took the Privateer La Victoire (26)

Arrived at Halifax


Had arrived at Spithead

14.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
21.5.1760Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
6.1763Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1771Recommissioned as guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
22.6.1773Participated in the Spithead reviewBWAS-1714
24.10.1774Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
18.12.1774Arrived in BostonNDARI
4.1776Returned home to pay offBWAS-1714
5.1776Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
9.4.1777Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
22.7.1778At Sandy HookBWAS-1714
2.11.1778Wrecked off Cape Cod losing 21 drownedBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1755/04/271755/11/04Fleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
1775/01/011775/01/01North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775Samuel Graves (1713-1787)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NDARINaval Documents of the American Revolution Vol IWilliam Bell Clark, EditorDigital Book

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Posted by Cy on Thursday 27th of July 2017 11:38

The simple answer is 'don't know'. This is the third RN ship to carry the name, use the ships search to find them all.
I would guess they were named in honour of either the county, or, possibly more likely, one of the Dukes or Earls of Somerset.

Posted by Jane Somerset Trisos on Thursday 27th of July 2017 10:21

I would like to know the origin of the naming of the ship SOMERSET 1748. I am of English Somerset descent

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