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Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down13.6.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned13.1.1758BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCoventry ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas StauntonBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesFrench Sixth Rate frigate 'L'Active' (1778) (24)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck118' 4"Imperial Feet35.972 
Length of Keel97' 5 ⅜"Imperial Feet29.5751 
Breadth33' 10 ½"Imperial Feet10.0711 
Depth in Hold10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Burthen586 3094Tons BM 
Burthen594 8794Tons BM 


11.1.1758Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1756200Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

13.1.1758 - 21.2.1759CaptainRichard Hughes (c.1724-1812) ADM 6/18/470BWAS-171421.2.1759 - 2.8.1763CaptainHerbert Sawyer (c.1731-1798) ADM 6/19/38BWAS-17142.8.1763 - 8.6.1767CaptainRobert Carkett (c.1719-1780) ADM 6/19/523BWAS-171426.5.1768 - 21.3.1771CaptainJohn Hamilton (1726-1784) ADM 6/20/206ADM 6/2021.3.1771 - 11.10.1773CaptainWilliam Peere Williams (1740/41-1832) ADM 6/20/360BWAS-171411.10.1773 - 18.4.1774CaptainGeorge Talbot (c.1730-1787) ADM 6/21/37
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795)
Commission confirmed 29.6.1774
ADM 6/21
6.10.1775 - 1.9.1778CaptainWilliam Williams (c.1735-1778) ADM 6/21/124BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

27.8.1759 - 27.10.1761First LieutenantJohn Brown (c.1732-1793) ADM 6/19/376
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 5.1.1762
ADM 6/19
2.8.1763 - 8.6.1767First LieutenantJames Sutherland (c.1733-1793) ADM 6/19/523ref:5592.8.1763 - 9.9.1765Second LieutenantWilliam Carr Fielding (c.1740-1765) ADM 6/19/523ref:559

1 Petty Officer

2.1762 - 1763MidshipmanJames Richard Dacres (1749-1810)ref:616

Service History

11.1.1758building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £6229.12.9dBWAS-1714
11.1.1758Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
2.3.1758Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3953.0.6dBWAS-1714
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
10.4.1759Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1762Took the Frigate Hermione (26) ref:667
1763Paid offBWAS-1714
7.10.1763Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.1767Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1770Began great repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
8.1771Completed great repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £9820.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.9.1771Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1772In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1773In North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

9.1775Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1776Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3670.0.1dBWAS-1714
12.2.1776Sailed from Cork for North AmericaBWAS-1714
28.7.1776At CharlestonBWAS-1714
23.3.1777Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.1778Dismasted in a hurricaneBWAS-1714
1.9.1778Taken by Charmante (32) off San Domingo
1.9.1778Taken by La Dédaigneuse (32) off San Domingo


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ref:559Australlian RoyaltyMarion PurnellWeb Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ref:667Mariner's Mirror - From Galleys to Square Riggers: The modernization of the Kingdom of Sardinia's naAldo AntonicelliPeriodical

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