Orford

268
Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered31.8.1745BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down24.2.1745/46BWAS-1714
Launched15.11.1749BWAS-1714
First Commissioned6.3.1755
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas Fellowes (d.1753)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk as Breakwater6.1783BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Imperial Feet48.768 
Length of Keel131' 4"Imperial Feet39.9321 
Breadth45' 0"Imperial Feet13.716 
Depth in Hold19' 4"Imperial Feet5.8025 
Burthen1,414 5694Tons BM 

Armament


15.11.1749Broadside 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

11 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
6.3.1755 - 5.4.1755CaptainLord George Carnegie (6th Earl Northesk) (1716-1792) ADM 6/18/143BWAS-17145.4.1755 - 17.1.1757CaptainCharles Steevens (1705-1761) ADM 6/18/152BWAS-171417.1.1757 - 27.1.1757CaptainJohn Montagu (1719-1795) ADM 6/18/344ADM 6/1827.1.1757 - 11.11.1761CaptainRichard Spry (1715-1775) ADM 6/18/349BWAS-171411.11.1761 - 1763CaptainMarriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) ADM 6/19/362BWAS-171417.11.1770 - 27.2.1771CaptainJohn Strachan (d.1777) ADM 6/20/315ADM 6/2027.2.1771 - 13.3.1771CaptainThomas Taylor (1721-1797) ADM 6/20/351ADM 6/2013.3.1771 - 10.2.1772CaptainJohn Strachan (d.1777) ADM 6/20/359ADM 6/2010.2.1772 - 29.12.1775CaptainCharles Leslie (d.1775)† ADM 6/20/525
Issued by Sir Robert Harland (1st Baronet of Sproughton) (d.1783)
Commission confirmed 1.11.1773
BWAS-1714
13.2.1777 - 1782LieutenantRichard Vavasor (d.1803) ADM 6/21/259BWAS-17141782 - 1783LieutenantJoseph Nevil EastwoodBWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
12.12.1749Completed at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £31223.11.3dBWAS-1714
13.11.1755Present at the destruciton of the Esperance (74, armed en-flute)BWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
16.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
4.4.1760Took the Privateer Schooner La Marguerite (8)
13.8.1761Took the Privateer La Sardoine (14) in the Bay of Biscay
13.8.1761Took the Privateer L'Anémone (14) in the Bay of Biscay
25.2.1762Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havanna
15.5.1764SurveyedBWAS-1714
23.7.1765SurveyedBWAS-1714
1766Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1767Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £28659.10.5dBWAS-1714
11.1770RecommissionedBWAS-1714
25.3.1771Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
5.1776Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1776Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1777Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1777Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
3.1777Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1783Sunk as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
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 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 13th of October 2018 19:22

Reference: ADM 106/1198/81
Description:
Captain John Strachan, the Orford at the Nore to Commissioner Hanway. The reason the Boatswain did not fetch the stores appointed for him was because we have no boat or craft to get them to the ship. Ask for his survey and expense books, not including those stores, to be sent down immediately

Date: 1771 Feb 28

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