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Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardBatson's Yard - Limehouse Hole BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSouthampton Class (1756)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1781
Robert BatsonBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1751-1800
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


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

12 Ship Commanders

30.8.1757 - 22.9.1760Captain
Alexander SchombergBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1803
ADM 6/18/432
22.9.1760 - 25.1.1763Captain
William AdamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1763
ADM 6/19/464
Issued by , North America
Confirmed 14.2.1763
12.10.1770 - 18.1.1773Captain
Richard OnslowBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1758-1805
ADM 6/20/299
18.1.1773 - 31.8.1773Captain
Richard CollinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1780
Transfered ADM 6/21/24
Issued by
Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet )British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 15.4.1774
ADM 6/21
31.8.1773 - 17.12.1773Captain
Henry DavisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1768
ADM 6/20/535
Issued by
Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet )British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 23.12.1773
29.10.1778 - 21.3.1780Captain
George FalconerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1780
Transfered ADM 6/21/464
6.3.1780 - 12.7.1780Captain
Hugh Seymour ConwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1794
Transfered ADM 6/22/96
12.7.1780 - 30.4.1782Captain ADM 6/22/150BWAS-171430.4.1782 - 12.11.1782Captain
Robert CalderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1813
Transfered ADM 6/22/461
12.11.1782 - 14.8.1783Captain
Sampson EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1794
ADM 6/22/539
26.8.1789 - 4.12.1789Captain
James KinneerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1808
ADM 6/23/541
ADM 6/23
4.12.1789 - 9.6.1792Captain
Thomas Macnamara RussellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1812
ADM 6/24/11

1 Flag Officer

9.1.1758 - 8.7.1758Commodore
Philip DurellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1722-1769
Transfered ADM 6/18/468

1 Commissioned Officer

21.1.1791 - 1791Second Lieutenant
Mathew BuckleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1846
ADM 6/24/122
Issued by
Philip AffleckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799

Confirmed 21.5.1791
ADM 6/24

1 Warrant Officer

23.12.1789 - 9.6.1792Master
John LuckeyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1801
ADM 29-1

1 Petty Officer

William Stratford ArdesoifBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1794

Service History

30.8.1757building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £6427.2.6dBWAS-1714
12.9.1757fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4008.13.7dBWAS-1714
14.1.1758Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.6.1758The Siege of Louisbourg
14.2.1759Sailed for QuebecBWAS-1714
6.1759Seige of Quebec
10.3.1760Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1.8.1762Took the Cutter
La Dunkerquoise (4) 1762-1762
French 4 Gun
Privateer Cutter
28.9.1762Took the Snow
Le Comte de Flandre (10) 1761-1762
French 10 Gun
Privateer Snow

Paid off

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

Paid off

ADM 33
12.1777Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1779Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham 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

ADM 34
1.1785Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
6.1785Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4270.11.0dBWAS-1714
11.1789Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1790Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth 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


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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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