Hero -> 1800 Rochester

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas BucknallBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up7.1810BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck166' 6"Imperial Feet50.5991 
Length of Keel135' 10 ¾"Imperial Feet41.1671 
Breadth46' 8"Imperial Feet14.0547 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Draught Forward12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Aft16' 4"Imperial Feet4.8937 
Burthen1,574 2094Tons BM 


3.1759Broadside 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

16 Commanding Officers

21.2.1759 - 4.5.1761CaptainGeorge Edgcumbe (1720-1795) ADM 6/19/38BWAS-17144.5.1761 - 22.6.1762CaptainWilliam Fortescue (d.1775)BWAS-171422.6.1762 - 25.12.1762CaptainThe Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800) ADM 6/19/418BWAS-17146.10.1763 - 24.10.1766CaptainPaul Henry Ourry (1719-1783) ADM 6/19/543BWAS-171424.10.1766 - 1.11.1769CaptainWilliam Hotham (1736-1813) ADM 6/20/140BWAS-17141.11.1769 - 20.5.1771CaptainNicholas Vincent (c.1723-1809) ADM 6/20/259BWAS-171410.11.1780 - 23.7.1781CaptainJames Hawker (c.1731-1787) ADM 6/22/196BWAS-171423.7.1781 - 19.5.1782CaptainCharles Wood (c.1732-1782) ADM 6/22/365
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 16.11.1781
19.5.1782 - 7.7.1782CaptainHenry Newcome (d.1797) ADM 6/23/22
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 29.1.1783
7.7.1782 - 4.9.1782CaptainWilliam Clark (d.1802) ADM 6/23/224
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 18.6.1784
ADM 6/23
4.9.1782 - 8.6.1784CaptainTheophilius Jones ADM 6/23/250
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 11.11.1784
5.10.1787 - 25.2.1788CaptainThomas Byard (d.1798) ADM 6/23/424ADM 6/236.1793 - 10.1802LieutenantJohn ThompsonBWAS-171424.12.1805 - 6.1807LieutenantGeorge Bentham (1787-?)NBD18498.1806 - 1809LieutenantMathew Bowles Alt (d.1836)BWAS-17141809 - 1810LieutenantJohn Hindes SparkesBWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

9.1762 - 25.12.1762Vice-Admiral of the WhiteSir Charles Hardy (1716-1780) ADM 107/1/204BWAS-17148.1782 - 6.1784CommodoreRichard King (1730-1806)BWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers

21.2.1759 - 20.8.1759Second LieutenantEdward Lower (c.1730-1802) ADM 6/19/38ref:84921.2.1759 - 20.8.1759Third LieutenantEssex Bowen (c.1735-1811) ADM 6/19/38ref:84920.8.1759 - 6.9.1762First LieutenantEdward Lower (c.1730-1802) ADM 6/19/88ref:84920.8.1759 - 25.12.1762Second LieutenantEssex Bowen (c.1735-1811) ADM 6/19/88ref:84925.6.1761 - 21.6.1762Fourth LieutenantWilliam Reynolds (c.1739-1810) ADM 6/19/324ref:84929.9.1770 - 20.5.1771Fifth LieutenantJames Gest (c.1736-1772) ADM 6/20/295ADM 6/207.9.1783 - 8.9.1783Sixth LieutenantJames Harrison ADM 6/23/287
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 24.6.1785
ADM 6/23
8.9.1783 - 8.6.1784Fifth LieutenantJames Harrison ADM 6/23/287
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 24.6.1785
ADM 6/23

1 Warrant Officer

2.10.1806 - 17.2.1808MasterAlexander Pyper (d.1826)ADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

22.5.1759 - 2.7.1760Master's MateWilliam Alnwick (c.1732-1797) ADM 107/5/261ADM 107/5

2 Crewmen

2.5.1783 - 12.5.1784Captain's ServantRichard King (1774-1834)NAO6.5.1808 - 18081st Class VolunteerJohn Harvey Boteler (1796-?)NBD1849

Service History

2.1759First commissionedBWAS-1714
5.5.1759Completed at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £33093.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
24.11.1760Took the French privateer FortuneBWAS-1714
24.11.1760Took the Privateer La Fortuné (6)
29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
2.4.1761Took the  
3.4.1761Took the East Indiaman Le Bertin (64) off Cadiz

Paid off

10.1763Recommissioned as guard ship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
11.1763Fitted as a guard ship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1.1769Began fitting as a troop shipBWAS-1714
2.1769Completed fitting as a troop shipBWAS-1714

Paid off

6.1776Began large repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
12.1780Completed large repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £37416.4.7dBWAS-1714
16.4.1781Battle of Porto Praya
17.2.1782Battle of Sadras
12.4.1782Battle of Providien
6.7.17822nd Battle of Negapatam
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
8.6.1784Paid offADM 51
7.1784fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1787fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2597.7.1dBWAS-1714
10.1787Recommissioned as receiving ship at ChathamBWAS-1714

Paid off

12.1792Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
12.1792fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
13.5.1798Paid offADM 51
15.5.1800Renamed RochesterBWAS-1714
10.1802In ordinaryBWAS-1714
8.1806Commissioned as a prison shipBWAS-1714
7.1810Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


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