Swiftsure

269
Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered31.8.1745BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down26.1.1746/47BWAS-1714
Launched25.5.1750BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 68-Gunner
ConstructorJohn Holland (d.1752)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold2.6.1773BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Imperial Feet48.768 
Length of Keel131' 4"Imperial Feet39.9321 
Breadth45' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet13.7224 
Depth in Hold19' 4"Imperial Feet5.8025 
Burthen1,426 4294Tons BM 

Armament


25.5.1750Broadside 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

4 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
26.8.1755 - 8.1.1756CaptainAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/18/190BWAS-17148.1.1756 - 20.7.1756CaptainMathew Buckle (1716-1784): on board from 11.1.1756 ADM 6/18/226BWAS-171430.6.1756 - 7.1762CaptainThomas Stanhope (d.1770) ADM 6/18/287BWAS-17147.1762 - 1762CaptainRichard Teale (d.1798)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
26.8.1755 - 6.2.1756First LieutenantRichard Hughes (1729-1812) ADM 6/18/190ADM 6/18

Service History


DateEventSource
27.7.1750Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £27524.16.2dBWAS-1714
22.5.1757Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
28.2.1758Osborne's Action
4.1759Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
18.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
1760In the Western squadronBWAS-1714
9.9.1763SurveyedBWAS-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
 

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