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Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered6.8.1745BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down11.9.1745BWAS-1714
Launched29.3.1750BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.2.1755
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 68-Gunner
ConstructorPeirson Lock (d.1755)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold25.8.1767BWAS-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


29.3.1750Broadside 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

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.2.1755 - 7.2.1757CommodoreCharles Holmes (1711-1761) ADM 3/18/366ADM 6/187.2.1757 - 18.1.1758CaptainThomas Cornwall (d.1796) ADM 6/18/353BWAS-171418.1.1758 - 20.2.1759CaptainRichard Tiddeman (d.1762) ADM 6/18/473BWAS-171420.2.1759 - 23.6.1760CaptainRichard Kempenfelt (1715-1782) ADM 6/19/497
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792)
Commission confirmed 16.5.1763
BWAS-1714
23.6.1763 - 18.7.1763CaptainHyde Parker (1713/14-1783) ADM 6/20/37
Issued by Charles Steevens (1705-1761)
Commission confirmed 5.7.1764
ADM 6/20
18.7.1763 - 24.6.1764CaptainRichard King (1730-1806) ADM 6/20/42
Issued by Samuel Cornish (1715-1770)
Commission confirmed 6.8.1764
ADM 6/20

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
2.1759 - 20.5.1761Rear-Admiral of the BlueCharles Steevens (1705-1761)ODNB

Service History


DateEventSource
1755Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
24.3.1755Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £28065.17.10dBWAS-1714
24.3.1755Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2939.14.6dBWAS-1714
11.5.1755Sailed as reinforcment to BoscawenBWAS-1714
15.4.1756Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
6.3.1758Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
10.9.1759Battle of Pondicherry
1762Operations against ManillaBWAS-1714
24.9.1762Battle of Manilla
1763Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714
24.6.1764Paid offADM 51
23.10.1764SurveyedBWAS-1714
7.7.1767SurveyedBWAS-1714
25.8.1767Sold at Chatham for £625BWAS-1714

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

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
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
 

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