Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.4.1740BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBasilisk Class
ConstructorThomas SnelgroveBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 5"Imperial Feet27.8638 
Length of Keel75' 3 ½"Imperial Feet22.8727 
Breadth26' 0"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold10' 11 ½"Imperial Feet3.0607 
Burthen270 6994Tons BM 


8.1740Broadside Weight = 23.5 Imperial Pound ( 10.6576 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

8.1741Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
174060Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

29.8.1740 - 23.11.1740CommanderSir William Hewett (4th Baronet of Headley Hall) (d.1749) ADM 6/15/326ADM 6/1524.11.1740 - 8.1742CommanderJohn Peddie (d.1742)† ADM 6/15/360BWAS-17142.5.1743 - 23.6.1743CommanderEdward Falkingham (d.1783) ADM 6/16/497BWAS-171423.6.1743 - 29.7.1744CommanderPolycarpus Taylor (d.1780) ADM 6/17/469
Issued by Edward Vernon (1684-1757)
Commission confirmed 9.6.1749
26.3.1745 - 25.3.1746CommanderO'Brien Dudley (d.1759) ADM 6/17/228BWAS-171420.10.1746 - 1.3.1748/49CommanderWilliam Preston (c.1717-1756) ADM 6/17/165BWAS-17141.3.1748/49 - 8.6.1749CommanderWilliam Mantell (c.1714-1765) ADM 6/17/537
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
Commission confirmed 22.11.1750
ADM 6/17
8.6.1749 - 1.9.1749CommanderHenry Speke (d.1760) ADM 6/17/520
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
Commission confirmed 10.5.1750
ADM 6/17
1.9.1749 - 16.1.1749/50CommanderAndrew Cockburne (c.1709-1768) ADM 6/18/4
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), East Indies
Commission confirmed 23.5.1751
ADM 6/18
16.1.1749/50 - 8.5.1750CommanderJames Gilchrist (d.1777) ADM 6/17/520
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), East Indies
Commission confirmed 11.5.1750
ADM 6/17

1 Commissioned Officer

19.11.1740 - 29.7.1744LieutenantJohn Saunders ADM 6/15/358ADM 6/15

Service History

3.4.1740Began building at Limehouse BWAS-1714
30.8.1740Completed building at Limehouse at a cost of £5197.9.10dBWAS-1714
30.8.1740Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
30.10.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1741Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1741Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £276.7.3dBWAS-1714
1742Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1714
3.1745/46Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
25.3.1746Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard ADM 106
6.1746Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £1086.17.0dBWAS-1714
8.1747Began refitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1747Completed refitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2302.16.5dBWAS-1714
11.1747Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
25.6.1750Surveyed on return form the East IndiesBWAS-1714
12.7.1750Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
14.8.1750Sold at Woolwich for £512BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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