Kent

318
Nominal Guns74
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered13.12.1758
Keel Laid Down24.4.1759
Named28.19.1760
Launched26.3.1762
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford
Ship ClassBellona Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold5.8.1784

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 0"Imperial Feet51.2064 
Length of Keel137' 10 ⅝"Imperial Feet41.7735 
Breadth46' 11 ½"Imperial Feet14.0335 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Burthen1,617 2594Imperial Feet0.0068 

Armament


4.1762Broadside 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
4.1762550EstablishmentBWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.4.1762 - 28.3.1763CaptainRobert Faulknor (1721-1769) ADM 6/19/396BWAS-17146.9.1763 - 19.10.1763CaptainEdward Vernon (1723-1794) ADM 6/19/534ADM 6/1919.10.1763 - 19.4.1766CaptainSir Edward Le Cras (c.1718-1784) ADM 6/19/545BWAS-17148.1.1771 - 7.5.1772CaptainStephen Colby (c.1720-1779) ADM 6/20/332BWAS-17147.5.1772 - 8.5.1775CaptainCharles Fielding (1738-1783) ADM 6/20/443BWAS-17148.5.1775 - 31.8.1775CaptainJohn Jervis (1734/35-1823) ADM 6/21/92BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1775 - 19.6.1775LieutenantJohn Newton (c.1737-1803)ADM 12/27B

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
2.2.1771 - 1771VolunteerManley Dixon (1757-1838)ref:6164.6.1772 - 31.8.1775Captain's ServantCharles John Moore Mansfield (1760-1813)HMS01

Service History


DateEventSource
26.3.1762Launched - total csot including fitting was £39,756.18.3dBWAS-1714
4.1762CommissionedBWAS-1714
8.7.1762Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £39756.18.3dBWAS-1714
28.3.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
9.1763Commissioned as a guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
10.1763Completed fitting as a guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
10.1763fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
19.4.1766

Paid off

BWAS-1714
12.7.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
12.1771Small repair and fitted as a guardship at a cost of £14,009.5.1dBWAS-1714
12.1771small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £14009.5.1dBWAS-1714
1.1772Recommissioned as a guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
22.6.1773In the Royal Review at PlymouthBWAS-1714
4.7.1774

An explosion occured aboard whilst lying at Plymouth . A quantity of powder had been carelessly left on the poop whilst the guns were being scaled. This took fire from some wads, and forty-five men were killed or injured.

TRN3
31.8.1775

Paid off

BWAS-1714
20.9.1777Paid offADM 51
5.8.1784Sold at Plymouth for £600BWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Brian on Wednesday 10th of February 2016 04:00

Gentleman's Magazine March 26, 1762 - Was launched at Deptford, his Majesty's ship Charlotte, formerly the Kent, of 74 guns, the largest of that rate in the Royal Navy. Her figure at the head is William the Conqueror, in armour, painted in proper colours.

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