Northumberland -> 1777 Leviathan

Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down14.8.1744BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 68-Gunner
ConstructorSir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)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' 0"Imperial Feet13.716 
Depth in Hold19' 4"Imperial Feet5.8025 
Burthen1,414 5694Tons BM 


1.12.1750Broadside 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

12 Commanding Officers

10.1.1753 - 19.12.1757CaptainLord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770) ADM 6/18/52BWAS-171419.12.1757 - 7.2.1758CaptainHenry Martin (1733-1794) ADM 6/18/473ADM 6/187.2.1758 - 22.9.1759CaptainLord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770) ADM 6/18/485BWAS-171422.9.1759 - 22.9.1760CaptainWilliam Adams (1716-1763) ADM 6/19/214BWAS-171422.9.1760 - 8.2.1763CaptainNathaniel Bateman (c.1723-1797) ADM 6/19/449
Issued by Lord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770), North America
Commission confirmed 9.11.1762
7.12.1770 - 28.1.1771CaptainRichard King (1730-1806) ADM 6/20/321BWAS-171428.1.1771 - 25.8.1773CaptainJohn Symons (c.1732-1799) ADM 6/20/344ADM 6/2025.8.1773 - 9.11.1775CaptainJohn Colpoys (1742-1821) ADM 6/21/49
Issued by Sir Robert Harland (1st Baronet of Sproughton) (c.1715-1783), East Indies
Commission confirmed 14.9.1774
8.10.1777 - 11.8.1777CommanderJoseph Tathwell (d.1788) ADM 6/21/322ADM 6/2113.10.1778 - 25.3.1779CommanderJohn Brown (1751-1808) ADM 6/22/354ADM 6/2225.3.1779 - 11.2.1780CaptainJohn Brown (1751-1808) ADM 6/21/529BWAS-17142.1780 - 27.2.1780CaptainRobert Alexander Lambert (1732-1801)BWAS-1714

2 Warrant Officers

10.1759 - 5.1763MasterJames Cook (1728-1779)WCV1763 - 28.12.1763PurserJames Hamilton ADM 6/19/558ADM 6/19

Service History

1753Carrying troops to MinorcaBWAS-1714
1753Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.4.1753Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £19645.5.0dBWAS-1714
11.4.1753Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £5918.18.0dBWAS-1714
2.1754fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1754Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
22.4.1755Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
6.1758The Seige of Louisburg
12.4.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
1760In the St LawrenceBWAS-1714
1.1768Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1769Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £18726.2.11dBWAS-1714
12.1770Recommissioned for the Falklands disputeBWAS-1714
12.1770Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1771Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7186.8.1dBWAS-1714
25.3.1771Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1774Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714
9.1775fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1777Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
13.9.1777Renamed LeviathanBWAS-1714
11.1777Refitted as a 30 gun Unrated Storeship
11.1777Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £10128.0.3dBWAS-1714
16.3.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
11.1778Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714
30.1.1779Refitted as a 50 gun Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
2.1779Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1779Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £5351.19.1dBWAS-1714
27.2.1780Foundered in the North AtlanticBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1755/04/271755/11/04Fleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)


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
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
WCVPages on captains Cook & VancouverJohn RobsonWeb Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive

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Posted by Brian on Tuesday 29th of December 2015 20:25

The Edinburgh Advertiser March 21, 1780

This day, at half past one o'clock and express arrived from Portsmouth with an account of his Majesty's ships the Leviathan, Captain Lampert, and the Charon, the Hon. Capt. Luttrell, with the fleet from Jamaica, bound to London, having past the Isle of Wight in their way for the Downs, all well.

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