Prince of Wales

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1762BWAS-1714
First Commissioned26.9.1770BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardMilford Haven - Pembrokeshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRamillies ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Henry BirdBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up8.8.1783BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck168' 7"Imperial Feet51.209 
Length of Keel138' 2"Imperial Feet42.0637 
Breadth47' 0"Imperial Feet14.3256 
Depth in Hold19' 9 ¼"Imperial Feet5.7976 
Draught Forward13' 3"Imperial Feet3.9878 
Draught Aft17' 1"Imperial Feet5.1852 
Burthen1,623 4394Tons BM 


4.6.1765Broadside 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

3 Commanding Officers

26.9.1770 - 28.5.1771Captain John Hollwall (c.1723-1775) ADM 6/20/294BWAS-171429.10.1776 - 23.1.1778CaptainThe Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800) ADM 6/21/225BWAS-171428.1.1778 - 8.2.1780Captain Benjamin Hill (c.1736-1785) ADM 6/21/358BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

28.1.1778 - 8.2.1780Rear-Admiral of the WhiteThe Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800)BWAS-1714

Service History

30.6.1765Sailed from builder for PortsmouthBWAS-1714
8.7.1765Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
4.10.1770Began completion at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
4.10.1770Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
22.12.1770Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £25261.6.1dBWAS-1714
22.12.1770Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3689.11.3dBWAS-1714

paid off

1.1774Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.1775Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10838.16.10dBWAS-1714
19.5.1778Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
8.2.1780Paid offADM 51
8.8.1783Break up completed at Plymouth for £499.13.1dBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Wednesday 10th of February 2016 01:27

Launch of The Prince of Wales 1765 - At Nayland, in Milford Haven,, his Majesty's ship the Prince of Wales, of 74 guns was launched. Ten thousand spectators covered the hills all around, which with several of hills with several of his Majesty's ships, a great number of sloops and other vessels, made a beautiful appearance. The ship is allowed by all who had the pleasure of viewing her, to be well constructed, strong and beautiful. The decoration and carved work are light, graceful and elegant. The head is a bust of his Royal Highness, supported on each side by Liberty and Wisdom, and appeared with all the dignity of a Prince of te Ancient Britons.

Posted by Brian Stephens on Sunday 4th of May 2014 16:31

The Gentleman's magazine. v.47 1777.
Admiralty Office: The Hon. Capt. Barrington, of his Majesty's ship Prince of Wales, has taken and sent into Plymouth the ship Lord Camden, of 350 tons, bound from Nantz to Philadelphia to which place she belongs, laden with salt and dry goods.

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