Belliqueux

3279
Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Belliqueux' (1756) (64)
Captured2.11.1758BWAS-1714
First Commissioned26.4.1759BWAS-1714
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Ship ClassSphinx ClassNNF-1715
Constructor Pierre SalinocNNF-1715
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up16.9.1772BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck157' 10 ½"Imperial Feet47.8663 
Length of Keel128' 0 ⅞"Imperial Feet39.0366 
Breadth44' 10 ½"Imperial Feet13.4239 
Depth in Hold19' 10 ½"Imperial Feet5.8039 
Burthen1,371 8094Tons BM 

Armament


4.1759Broadside Weight = 510 Imperial Pound ( 231.285 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1759500 BWAS-1714

2 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
26.4.1759 - 5.3.1760Captain Thomas Saumarez (1720-1766): on board from 1.5.1759 ADM 6/19/60BWAS-17145.3.1760 - 13.8.1763Captain Richard Edwards (1715-1795) ADM 6/19/143BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1770 - 22.11.1770Boatswain Francis Megson (d.1770)† Discharged Dead ADM 106/1189/175ADM 106

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
3.6.1761 - 13.8.1763Midshipman Joseph FurserLPC

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
15.5.1761 - 3.6.1763Able Seaman Joseph FurserLPC

Service History


DateEventSource
11.1.1759SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.1759Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.4.1759

The Belliqueux French ship of war, taken by the Antelope, is to be bought for HM. The Agent for the captors has refused our offer. Have given orders for her to be put into condition and ask for directions

ADM354
3.4.1759Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £15326.16.4dBWAS-1714
6.4.1759

The Agent for the captors of the Belliqueux would not accept the money offered for her purchase and have not heard from him since. Ask if the Plymouth Officers should continue her works

ADM354
10.4.1759

The Belliqueux French Ship of War, taken by the Antelope, is to be purchased. Propose the number of men should be 500 and list the guns recommended.

ADM354
25.4.1759

The Plymouth Officers reports the Belliqueux is ready to receive men

ADM354
9.1759Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £13006.7.7dBWAS-1714
12.9.1759

Commissioner Rogers reports the Belliqueux's catwater is loose and she has been sent in by Sir Edward Hawke for inspection but she will have to be docked for repair. If Commodore Hanway orders her into Hamoaze it could be done before this spring is over. We have ordered the Commissioner to do so and ask for approval

ADM354
4.4.1760Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1761Returned homeBWAS-1714
15.12.1761

The Plymouth Officers inform us they took the Belliqueux into dock and find all the false keel is gone, so have undocked her and taken in the Magnanime and propose to undock the Orford and put the Belliqueux in her place

ADM354
2.2.1762Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
26.7.1763Arrived at Portsmouth ADM 106
13.8.1763Paid off at Portsmouth ADM 33
24.8.1763

Docked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
25.8.1763

Undocked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
3.2.1764SurveyedBWAS-1714
21.6.1766

Docked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
26.6.1766

The Portsmouth Officers inform us that when docking the Belliqueux for her triennial trimming, they found her sheathing partly destroyed by the worm. As she is fitted to lie in Ordinary, propose she is resheathed

ADM354
26.6.1766

Undocked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
1.7.1769

Docked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
5.7.1769

Undocked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
13.4.1772

The Portsmouth Officers have sent the report of a survey of the Belliqueux, which is in too bad a state to repair. Propose she is sold or taken to pieces

ADM354
29.8.1772

Docked at Portsmouth Dockyard

ADM 106
16.9.1772Breaking up completed at PlymouthBWAS-1714

 

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