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Ardent

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Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered12.12.1761BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down15.1.1762BWAS-1714
Named18.4.1763BWAS-1714
Launched13.8.1764BWAS-1714
First Commissioned28.1.1771BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardHessel Cliff - The Humber ref:1326
Ship ClassArdent Class (1762)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1756
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Hugh BlaydesBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1686
BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Captured17.8.1779BWAS-1714
Becomes

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Imperial Feet48.768 
Length of Keel131' 8 ¼"Imperial Feet39.9352 
Breadth44' 4 ½"Imperial Feet13.4239 
Depth in Hold19' 0"Imperial Feet5.7912 
Burthen1,379 3294Tons BM 

Armament


13.8.1764Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1762500Design Complement

9 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
28.1.1771 - 28.2.1771Captain
Richard KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1805
ADM 6/20/344
ADM 6/20
9.9.1773 - 11.1.1774Captain
Charles DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1789
: on board from 2.10.1773 ADM 6/20/514
BWAS-1714
11.1.1774 - 12.1.1774Captain
George MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1779
ADM 6/21/4
BWAS-1714
12.1.1774 - 11.3.1775Commodore
George MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1779
Transfered ADM 6/21/5
ADM 6/21
11.3.1775 - 2.11.1776Captain
Charles MiddletonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1806
: on board from 23.3.1775 Transfered ADM 6/21/79
ADM 6/21
6.11.1776 - 26.1.1778Captain
Lord Constantine John Phipps (2nd Baron Mulgrave)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1792
ADM 6/21/228
BWAS-1714
26.1.1778 - 18.9.1778Captain
George KeppelBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
ADM 6/21/358
BWAS-1714
18.9.1778 - 11.6.1779Captain
Samuel Wittewronge ClaytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1795
ADM 6/21/517
Issued by
Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)British
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1736-1799
, North America
Confirmed 3.3.1779
BWAS-1714
18.6.1779 - 17.8.1779Captain
Philip BotelerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1780
: on board from 25.6.1779 ADM 6/21/572
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
23.1.1778 - 11.6.1779Rear-Admiral of the Blue
James GambierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1800
BWAS-1714

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1.1777 - 1777Unknown
Robert WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1823
ref:1059
14.12.1778 - 25.5.1779Able Seaman
John OsborneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1786
ADM 29/8

Service History


DateEventSource
13.8.1764Began fitting at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber BWAS-1714
31.8.1764Completed at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber at a cost of £20992.16.0dBWAS-1714
31.8.1764Completed fitting at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber at a cost of £36378.13.10dBWAS-1714
1.1771Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
28.2.1771Paid offADM 33
11.1772Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £12436.4.0dBWAS-1714
11.1773fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1775Guard ship at ChathamBWAS-1714
1775fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1776fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1777Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1777Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6757.10.6dBWAS-1714
16.3.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
22.7.1778At Sandy HookBWAS-1714
6.1779Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.6.1779Paid offADM 34
8.1779Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6685.18.6dBWAS-1714
17.8.1779Taken by
La Junon (32) 1778-1780
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
FWIKI
17.8.1779Taken by
La Gentille (32) 1778-1795
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
FWIKI

 

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Posted by Brian on Tuesday 29th of December 2015 21:57

Edinburgh Advertiser, Mar. 24, 1780 - Copy of Captain Botelers sentence; The court pursuant to an Order of the Lords of the Admiralty dated February 22, 1780 and directed to John Evans Esq. proceeded to enquire into the cause and circumstances of the capture of his Majesty's late ship the Ardent and try her officers and company for their conduct on that occasion; and having made a strict enquiry into, and duly considered every part of the evidence, also what has been delivered by Capt. Philip Boteler, in his defense are of opinion, that he did not do the utmost to prevent the ship falling into the enemy's hands, therefore adjudged that he should be dismissed fro his Majesty's service; and he is hereby dismissed accordingly. We acquit the other officers and ships company.


Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 5th of April 2014 20:17

Edinburgh Advertiser, Feb. 22, 1780
Sir James Wallace and Capt. Boteler, are ordered to be tried for the loss of their ships. The public can easily decide what will be the issue of the trial of the brave Sir James Wallace, but the fate of the Commander of the Ardent is not so clear.

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