Terrible

319
Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1.1.1761BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down2.1761BWAS-1714
Named2.11.1762BWAS-1714
Launched4.9.1762BWAS-1714
First Commissioned31.8.1762
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRamillies Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Scuttled11.9.1781BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 8"Imperial Feet51.2094 
Length of Keel138' 3"Imperial Feet42.0644 
Breadth47' 3 ½"Imperial Feet14.3383 
Depth in Hold19' 9"Imperial Feet5.8166 
Burthen1,644 6294Tons BM 

Armament


18.12.1762Broadside 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
25.4.1760550Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
31.8.1762 - 23.1.1763CaptainPeter Parker (1715-1811) ADM 6/19/434BWAS-171420.10.1770 - 28.9.1773CaptainMarriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) ADM 6/20/303BWAS-171429.10.1776 - 30.11.1779CaptainSir Richard Bickerton (1727-1792) ADM 6/21/225BWAS-171430.11.1779 - 18.4.1780CaptainJohn Leigh Douglas (1741-1810)BWAS-171418.4.1780 - 16.6.1780CaptainWilliam Dickson (c.1728-1803): on board from 20.4.1780 ADM 6/22/261
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 14.3.1781
BWAS-1714
16.6.1780 - 16.6.1781CaptainJohn Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817) ADM 6/22/318
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 26.7.1781
BWAS-1714
23.7.1780 - 16.6.1781CaptainJames Ferguson (1723-1793) ADM 6/22/335
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 28.12.1782
BWAS-1714
16.6.1781 - 15.7.1781CaptainSir Henry Edwin Stanhope (1754-1814) ADM 6/22/360
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
BWAS-1714
7.1781 - 11.9.1781CaptainThe Hon. William Clement Finch (1753-1794)BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
30.10.1776 - 21.2.1778First LieutenantThomas Hickes (1731-1801) ADM 6/21/225ADM10427.5.1779 - 17.2.1780Third LieutenantThomas Pewtriss ADM 6/21/560ADM 6/2112.2.1780 - 10.2.1781Fifth LieutenantCharles Robinson (d.1853) ADM 6/23/25
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 14.2.1783
ADM 6/23

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
8.4.1772 - 10.1772MidshipmanIsaac George Manley (1755-1837) 

Service History


DateEventSource
18.12.1762Completed at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £32735.5.9dBWAS-1714
27.12.1762Arrived at PlymouthBWAS-1714
23.1.1763Paid offADM 51
15.2.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
22.6.1773At Spithead ReviewBWAS-1714
28.9.1773Paid offADM 51
2.1775Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1776Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £18820.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.1777fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £8352.13.0dBWAS-1714
15.4.1777Took the Privateer Brig Rising States (8)
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
5.1779Began coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1779Completed coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7373.3.3dBWAS-1714
25.12.1779Sailed for the Leeward Islands under captain J. DouglasBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on Caraccas shipsBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
16.1.1780Battle of Cape St. Vincent
19.1.1780Sailed to the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
12.12.1780Arrived in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
31.2.1781At St EustatiusBWAS-1714
29.4.1781At the encounter off MartiniqueBWAS-1714
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
11.9.1781Stripped and burnt due to damage recievedBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM104ADM 104 Officers entitled to Half Pay Document
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
  Book
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
 

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 10th of April 2014 16:06

Edinburgh Advertiser, June 2, 1780
Captain Douglas, of the Terrible, man of war, in the late engagement in the West Indies, having no enemy ships opposed to his station in the line of battle, when he saw Admiral Rodney surrounded by three French men of war, very gallantly went up to assistance upon which the French ships thought proper to sheer off. After the engagement; the Admiral appointed to the command of the Venus frigate, vacant by the promotion of Capt. Ferguson to the Intrepid. Captain Douglas only commanded the Terrible in the place of Sir Richard Bickerton who was prevented on going to the West Indies by his bad state of health.

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