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Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.6.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRoebuck ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1771
John RandallBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1755-1802
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up3.1815BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 4"Imperial Feet42.6745 
Length of Keel115' 11 ½"Imperial Feet35.0647 
Breadth38' 2"Imperial Feet11.5888 
Depth in Hold16' 4 ½"Imperial Feet4.8895 
Draught Forward10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Draught Aft14' 9"Imperial Feet4.3244 
Burthen898 4594Tons BM 


20.4.1780Broadside Weight = 285 Imperial Pound ( 129.2475 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

7.1793Broadside Weight = 456 Imperial Pound ( 206.796 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade

6.1796Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1769280Design Complement

11 Ship Commanders

27.4.1780 - 7.5.1781Captain
James CummingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
Transfered ADM 6/22/119
7.5.1781 - 6.2.1784Captain
William SwineyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1819
: on board from 30.5.1781 ADM 6/22/537
Issued by
Marriot ArbuthnotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1793
, North America
Confirmed 5.11.1782
21.9.1790 - 6.2.1791Captain
James Robert MosseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1765-1801
ADM 6/24/68
ADM 6/24
23.10.1790 - 6.2.1791Commander
William GrosvenorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1799
ADM 6/24/82
ADM 6/24
2.2.1791 - 5.1.1792Commander
John ShortlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1758-1790
: on board from 6.2.1791 ADM 6/24/106
26.4.1793 - 12.1794Captain
Velters Cornewall BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1802
ADM 6/24/233
12.1794 - 4.1795Commander
Wyndham BryerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1795
4.1795 - 9.1695Captain
Charles SawyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1785-1796
9.1795 - 18.8.1795Commander
Charles OgleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1857
7.1796 - 8.1796Lieutenant
John NorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1802
8.1796 - 10.1798Lieutenant
Ranceford TookeyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1798

5 Commissioned Officers

5.1781 - 15.4.1783First Lieutenant
Thomas WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1830
23.10.1790 - 26.10.1790Lieutenant
George Henry TowryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1805
Transfered ADM 6/24/82
ADM 6/24
28.10.1790 - 1.11.1790Lieutenant
William Edward CracraftBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1805
Transfered ADM 6/24/83
ADM 6/24
2.11.1790 - 1790First Lieutenant
John Mason LewisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1832
ADM 6/24/84
ADM 6/24
3.11.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant
John RichardsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1802
ADM 6/24/84
ADM 6/24

2 Warrant Officers

20.5.1780 - 6.2.1784Master
John PikeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1803
ADM 29-1
1790 - 18.10.1790Purser
Francis BeatyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
Transfered ADM 6/24/79
ADM 6/24

2 Crewmen

1794Able Seaman
John L StoveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8
1794Able Seaman
Robert SutherlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794
ADM 171/8

Service History

20.4.1780building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £12364.13.8dBWAS-1714
20.4.1780Began coppering at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
15.7.1780Completed coppering at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
27.10.1780Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
23.5.1781Took the Brig
Duke of Leinster (14) 1779-1781
American 14 Gun
Privateer Brig

17.6.1781Took the Frigate
Rattlesnake (20) 1780-1781
American 20 Gun
Privateer Frigate
North America

15.9.1781Took the Brig
Fair American (8) 1781-1781
American 8 Gun
Privateer Brig


Paid off

3.1785Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
10.1785Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £8578.5.7dBWAS-1714

Paid off

2.1791Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Troop Ship
2.1791Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1791Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2692.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.5.1791Sailed for Halifax with troopsBWAS-1714
2.1794Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1794Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714

Paid off at Sheerness Dockyard

1796Transfered to the Transport BoardBWAS-1714
2.1796Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1796Refitted as a 22 gun Unrated Troop Ship
7.1796Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £7008.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1796Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
10.1798Returned home from the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
3.1799Placed in ordinary at WoolwichBWAS-1714
3.1799Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
3.1799fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1695.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1815Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Monday 7th of April 2014 18:24

Edinburgh Advertiser April 25, 1780
This day was launched at Rotherhithe, the Assurnace, a fine new frigate of 44 guns, on the new establishment. She is as long as the old 50 gun ships, and is to carry 34 guns on the main deck, and 10 on the quarter.

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