Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down14.1.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassDublin Class
ConstructorJohn Wells (d.1794)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck166' 1"Imperial Feet50.5972 
Length of Keel135' 2 ½"Imperial Feet41.1607 
Breadth47' 1"Imperial Feet14.3292 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Burthen1,594 3194Tons BM 


23.2.1758Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
26.8.1755550Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

7.3.1758 - 2.3.1763CaptainHugh Palliser (1721/22-1796) ADM 6/18/493BWAS-171419.9.1777 - 29.1.1779CaptainJohn Lockhart (1721-1790) ADM 6/21/314BWAS-171411.1.1779 - 21.9.1781CaptainMark Robinson (1722-1799) ADM 6/21/498BWAS-171429.1.1779 - 16.4.1779CaptainSamuel Reeve (c.1732-1803)BWAS-171421.9.1781 - 5.2.1782CaptainJohn Knight (1747-1831) ADM 6/22/487
Issued by Thomas Graves (1725-1802), North America
Commission confirmed 1.7.1782
13.6.1782 - 1.12.1782CaptainIsaac Coffin (1759-1839) ADM 6/22/553
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 12.12.1782
1.12.1782 - 12.6.1783CaptainCharles Hotchkys ADM 6/23/100
Commission confirmed 25.7.1783

Service History

4.1758Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.5.1758Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £26285.19.3dBWAS-1714
2.5.1758Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £9466.12.8dBWAS-1714
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
16.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
5.6.1760Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1762fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714

Paid off

2.1765Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1765Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £3127.9.8dBWAS-1714
6.1773Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1773Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £1794.9.4dBWAS-1714
4.1777Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1778Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £21068.1.11dBWAS-1714
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
4.1779Began coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1779Completed coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7031.13.9dBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
19.1.1780Sailed for the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
20.5.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.7.1780Arrived in the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
11.1780Sailed to New YorkBWAS-1714
12.12.1780Arrived back in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
3.2.1781At St EustatiusBWAS-1714
29.4.1781At MartiniqueBWAS-1714
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
5.12.1781Arrived back in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
25.1.1782At St KittsBWAS-1714
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
12.6.1783Condemned and scuttled at JamaicaBWAS-1714


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Posted by Robert Boon on Friday 9th of February 2018 14:56

EIC has a Shrewsbury listed amongst its vessels in 1780

Posted by Cy on Friday 9th of February 2018 14:27

Thanks, but almost certainly not this vessel. I can find no record of a George Ponsonby as a naval officer, together with the fact that his will refers to the "Ship" and not HMS (or variant thereof) probably means it's a merchant vessel. A look at Lloyd's list or register, in the sources list, might confirm that if you are lucky.

Posted by on Friday 9th of February 2018 12:30

The National Archives, Kew Reference: PROB 11/1122/251
Will of George Ponsonby, Captain and Commander of the Ship Shrewsbury

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