Achilles

2863
Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.11.1755BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.1755BWAS-1714
Launched16.7.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned15.11.1756
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassDunkirk Class
Designed byJoseph Allin (d.1716)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold for Break Up1.6.1784BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck153' 10"Imperial Feet46.6344 
Length of Keel127' 6"Imperial Feet38.7152 
Breadth42' 8"Imperial Feet12.9032 
Depth in Hold18' 9"Imperial Feet5.515 
Draught Forward10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Draught Aft17' 3"Imperial Feet5.1925 
Burthen1,234 2194Tons BM 

Armament


2.1757Broadside Weight = 474 Imperial Pound ( 214.959 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1757420EstablishmentBWAS-1714

14 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.11.1756 - 22.2.1757CaptainRobert Digby (1732-1815) ADM 6/18/324ADM 6/1822.2.1757 - 22.4.1757Acting CaptainAndrew Jelfe (d.1765) ADM 36/4799/3ref:12691.4.1757 - 22.6.1762CaptainThe Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800) ADM 6/18/377BWAS-171421.8.1759 - 1.3.1760CaptainWilliam Brett (c.1718-1769) ADM 6/19/88ADM 6/1922.6.1762 - 5.12.1763CaptainWilliam Fortescue (d.1775) ADM 6/19/418BWAS-17145.12.1763 - 19.3.1764CaptainThe Hon. Raby Vane (d.1769) ADM 6/19/553ADM 6/1919.3.1764 - 23.5.1765CaptainLord William Campbell (1730-1778) ADM 6/20/16BWAS-171417.5.1765 - 1.6.1768CaptainJohn Luttrell (d.1829): on board from 24.5.1765 ADM 6/20/75BWAS-17141.6.1768 - 5.4.1769CaptainHenry Marsh (d.1772) ADM 6/20/205BWAS-17145.4.1769 - 25.6.1769CaptainThomas Lee (c.1729-1770): on board from 13.4.1769 ADM 6/20/234ADM 6/2021.6.1769 - 29.8.1770CaptainCharles Fielding (1738-1783): on board from 26.6.1769 ADM 6/20/243ADM 6/2016.8.1770 - 15.4.1771CaptainJohn Wheelock (d.1779): on board from 30.8.1770 ADM 6/20/288ADM 6/209.4.1771 - 21.1.1773CaptainRichard Collins (c.1735-1780): on board from 16.4.1771 ADM 6/20/365ADM 6/2018.1.1773 - 21.4.1773CaptainRichard Onslow (1741-1817): on board from 22.1.1773 ADM 6/20/489
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792)
Commission confirmed 21.4.1773
ref:559

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
6.1759 - 7.1759Rear-Admiral of the BlueGeorge Brydges Rodney (1719-1792)BWAS-1714

12 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.3.1760 - 24.5.1762Third LieutenantBenjamin Caldwell (1739-1820) ADM 6/19/150ref:6767.4.1760 - 28.11.1760First LieutenantJohn Luttrell (d.1829)ref:55921.6.1762 - 18.4.1763Third LieutenantHarry Heron (1743-1817) ADM 6/19/418ADM 6/196.12.1763 - 2.4.1764First LieutenantThomas Haynes (c.1732-1789): on board from 14.12.1763 ADM 6/19/553ref:5596.12.1763 - 21.2.1764Second LieutenantWilliam Hills (d.1777) ADM 6/19/553ref:5596.12.1763 - 21.2.1764Third LieutenantJohn Brooks (c.1739-?) ADM 6/19/553ADM 6/192.4.1764 - 1.5.1765Second LieutenantBenjamin Hill (c.1736-1785) ADM 6/20/19ADM 6/201.7.1766 - 6.12.1766Second LieutenantHenry Savage (d.1823) ADM 6/20/126ADM 6/206.12.1766 - 19.2.1767Second LieutenantThomas Tonken (c.1732-1791) ADM 6/20/150ADM 6/2019.2.1767 - 7.4.1767First LieutenantThomas Tonken (c.1732-1791) ADM 6/20/156ADM 6/2023.11.1769 - 11.5.1772Third LieutenantJohn Shortland (d.1804) ADM 6/20/262ADM 6/2021.1.1773 - 12.4.1773Second LieutenantCharles Knatchbull ADM 6/20/490
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792)
Commission confirmed 23.4.1773
ADM 6/20

Service History


DateEventSource
2.1757CommissionedB066
6.2.1757Completed at Harwich at a cost of £18797.14.4dBWAS-1714
6.2.1757Began fitting at Harwich BWAS-1714
17.5.1757Completed fitting at Harwich at a cost of £1965.6.10dBWAS-1714
9.1757On the Rochefort expeditionB066
10.1757In Keppel's squadronB066
11.1757In Cornish's squadron until February 1758B066
2.1758In Anson's FleetB066
29.4.1758Action of 29 April 1758
29.5.1758Took the Third Rate Ship of the Line Raisonnable (64)
4.4.1759Achilles v Le Comte de Saint-Florentine
4.4.1759Took the Privateer Ship of the Line Le Comte de Saint-Florentine (60) off Cape Finisterre
6.1759Became Rodney's flagship in the channel.B066
3.7.1759Bombardment of Le Havre
20.7.1759Joined Hawk's fleetB066
10.1759Joined Duff's squadronB066
11.10.1759Ran onto Gourvais RockB066
27.3.1760Sailed with Byron's squadron for LouisbourgB066
1.4.1760Took the Privateer Le Pallas (14) off Brest
8.7.1760Took the Hired Vessel Ship Le Bienfaisant (22) off Brest
8.7.1760Took the Hired Vessel Ship Le Marquis de Malauze (16) off Brest
4.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
1762In Hawk's fleet during the summerB066
1763Paid offB066
17.9.1763Surveyed but not repairedB066
11.1763Fitted as guardship at PortsmouthB066
11.1763fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard
12.1763Recommissioned as guardship at PortsmouthB066
1770Paid offB066
10.1770Fitted as guardship at PortsmouthB066
10.1770fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard
3.6.1771Sailed for JamaicaB066
4.1773Paid OffB066
1782Refitted as a Other Vessels Hulk
1.6.1784Sold to Boddy and Bacon to break upB066


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
ref:1269ADM 36/4799 Muster Book Achilles 1756/12-1757/7 Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ref:559Australlian RoyaltyMarion PurnellWeb Site
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
B066The Ship of the Line - Volume IIBrian LaveryBook
 

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Tuesday 13th of May 2014 17:55

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 30 (1760)
Thursday, March 27 - Sailed from Plymouth, the Fame and Achilles men of war for Louisbourg, having on board a company of miners to blow up the fortifications of that place. Four days after they sailed, they took the Pallas privateer of Bayonne, of 16 guns and 130 men

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