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Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered19.1.1754BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down22.6.1754BWAS-1714
Named19.6.1756BWAS-1714
Launched13.12.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.1.1758BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBurford ClassBWAS-1714
ConstructorEdward Allin (d.1795)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up3.1775BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck162' 0"Imperial Feet49.3776 
Length of Keel134' 4 ⅝"Imperial Feet40.8591 
Breadth44' 10"Imperial Feet13.4112 
Depth in Hold19' 8"Imperial Feet5.8138 
Burthen1,436 7194Tons BM 

Armament


13.12.1757Broadside 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
1753520Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.1.1758 - 21.2.1760CaptainPeter Denis (c.1713-1778) ADM 6/18/478BWAS-171421.2.1760 - 7.5.1763CaptainJohn Campbell (1719-1790) ADM 6/19/137ADM 6/1912.12.1763 - 12.12.1766CaptainRobert Hughes (c.1716-1774) ADM 6/19/554BWAS-171412.12.1766 - 16.9.1767CaptainJohn Hollwall (c.1723-1775) ADM 6/20/151BWAS-171416.9.1767 - 4.10.1769CaptainRobert Alexander Lambert (1732-1801) ADM 6/20/180BWAS-17144.10.1769 - 29.5.1771CaptainMichael Clements (1735-1797) ADM 6/20/256BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.3.1762 - 26.7.1762Fourth LieutenantGeorge Robertson (c.1739-1791) ADM 6/19/490
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775)
Commission confirmed 3.5.1763
ADM 6/19
26.7.1762 - 7.5.1763Second LieutenantGeorge Robertson (c.1739-1791) ADM 6/19/490
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775)
Commission confirmed 3.5.1763
ADM 6/19

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
14.9.1758 - 4.5.1759Midshipman OrdinaryGeorge Stainforth (c.1741-1810) ADM 107/5/352ADM 107/51759 - 2.1760MidshipmanJohn Williamson (d.1798)ref:6765.5.1759 - 25.3.1760MidshipmanGeorge Stainforth (c.1741-1810) ADM 107/5/352ADM 107/5

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
12.2.1758 - 13.9.1758Captain's ServantGeorge Stainforth (c.1741-1810) ADM 107/5/352ADM 107/5

Service History


DateEventSource
1758Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
29.4.1758Action of 29 April 1758
29.5.1758Took the Third Rate Ship of the Line Raisonnable (64)
12.6.1758Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £21693.19.2dBWAS-1714
12.6.1758Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6728.9.3dBWAS-1714
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
13.4.1760Sailed for LouisburgBWAS-1714
8.7.1760Action in Chaleur Bay
11.11.1761Took the Privateer Henri (12)
30.11.1761Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.5.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
12.1763Recommissioned as a guardship at Portsmouth, remained as such until 1771BWAS-1714
12.12.1763Refitted as a Third Rate Guardship BWAS-1714
1764Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
20.1.1764Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5908.19.6dBWAS-1714
11.1768fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3733.1.3dBWAS-1714
29.5.1771

Paid off

BWAS-1714
18.7.1771SurveyedBWAS-1714
22.3.1775Broken up at Chatham for £427.1.1dBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 107/5ADM 107/5 1757-1762 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
 

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