Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardBatson's Yard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSouthampton Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorRobert Batson (1735-1806)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 6"Imperial Feet37.8016 
Length of Keel103' 1 ⅛"Imperial Feet31.3976 
Breadth34' 11"Imperial Feet10.3696 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen668 5794Tons BM 


30.8.1757Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.3.1756210Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

30.8.1757 - 22.9.1760CaptainAlexander Schomberg (c.1726-1804) ADM 6/18/432BWAS-171422.9.1760 - 25.1.1763CaptainWilliam Adams (1716-1763) ADM 6/19/464
Issued by Lord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770), North America
Commission confirmed 14.2.1763
12.10.1770 - 18.1.1773CaptainRichard Onslow (1741-1817) ADM 6/20/299BWAS-171418.1.1773 - 31.8.1773CaptainRichard Collins (c.1735-1780) ADM 6/21/24
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 15.4.1774
ADM 6/21
31.8.1773 - 17.12.1773CaptainHenry Davis (c.1732-1776) ADM 6/20/535
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 23.12.1773
29.10.1778 - 21.3.1780CaptainGeorge Falconer (c.1725-1780) ADM 6/21/464BWAS-17146.3.1780 - 12.7.1780CaptainHugh Seymour Conway (d.1801) ADM 6/22/96BWAS-171412.7.1780 - 1781CaptainSir William Chaloner Burnaby (2nd Baronet Burnaby of Broughton Hall) (1746-1794) ADM 6/22/150BWAS-17141782CaptainRobert Calder (1745-1818)BWAS-17141783 - 14.8.1783CaptainSampson Edwards (1745-1840)BWAS-171412.1789 - 9.6.1792CaptainThomas Macnamara Russell (1743-1824)BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

9.1.1758 - 6.1758CommodorePhilip Durell (1707-1766) ADM 6/18/468BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

21.1.1791 - 13.3.1792LieutenantMathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

23.12.1789 - 9.6.1792MasterJohn Luckey (d.1812)ADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

1790MidshipmanWilliam Stratford Ardesoif (d.1796)ref:719

Service History

30.8.1757building at Limehouse at a cost of £6427.2.6dBWAS-1714
12.9.1757fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £4008.13.7dBWAS-1714
14.1.1758Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
14.2.1759Sailed for QuebecBWAS-1714
10.3.1760Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1.8.1762Took the Privateer La Dunkerquoise (4)
28.9.1762Took the Privateer Le Comte de Flandre (10)

Paid off

4.1765Began repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.1765Completed repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3662.4.7dBWAS-1714
3.6.1771Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

12.1777Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1779Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £11480.12.2dBWAS-1714
9.1779Sailed to the relief of GuernseyBWAS-1714
5.1780refitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
13.3.1781Sailed with Johnstone's squadronBWAS-1714
16.4.1781Battle of Porto Praya

Paid off

1.1785Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1785Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £4270.11.0dBWAS-1714
11.1789Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1790Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £3257.0.0dBWAS-1714

Paid off

3.1793Sent to Mastaer at Rotherhythe for repairs, but this was found to be impracticable after the coppering was removedBWAS-1714
1.6.1793Sold at Deptford for £500BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:719Ancestry.com Family History

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Posted by Grammont on Monday 4th of March 2019 21:47

London Gazette 4 March 1780

London, March 4, 1780;

Notice is hereby given to the Officers and Crew of His Majesty's Ship Diana, who were actually on Board, on the 19th of July, 1779, at the taking of the Union and Pomona, American Vessels, that they will be paid their respective Shares of the said Captures,on Board the Diana at Portsmouth, on Monday, the 13th Instant; and the Shares not then demanded will be recalled at the French Horn in Crutched Friars, the First Thursday in every Month for Three Tears to come.

Edward Ommanney, of London, Agent.

Posted by Jonathan Feld on Monday 4th of March 2019 20:48

Diana also took an unnamed American merchantman in 1779. See ADM 98/12 (p. 151)

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