Bridgewater

3413
Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered13.12.1743BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down20.12.1743BWAS-1714
Launched13.10.1744BWAS-1714
First Commissioned17.10.1744
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNortham BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 20-Gunner
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorGeorge RowcliffeBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Burnt to avoid capture28.4.1758BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck112' 2 ½"Imperial Feet34.1503 
Length of Keel91' 6"Imperial Feet27.8892 
Breadth32' 0 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen499 6494Tons BM 

Armament


13.10.1744Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

1745Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1741140Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.10.1744 - 27.1.1744/45CaptainJohn Hardy (c.1720-1796) ADM 6/16/373BWAS-171428.1.1744/45 - 9.6.1745CaptainEdward Rich (d.1753) ADM 6/16/431ADM 6/1610.6.1745 - 11.7.1745CaptainLord George Graham (1715-1746/47) ADM 6/16/491BWAS-171412.7.1745 - 22.1.1745/46CaptainThomas Stanhope (d.1770) ADM 6/16/508BWAS-171423.1.1745/46 - 5.12.1747CaptainCharles Knowler (d.1789) ADM 6/17/48BWAS-17145.12.1747 - 10.2.1748/49CaptainChristopher Hill (d.1778) ADM 6/17/291BWAS-17143.1.1754 - 20.1.1754CaptainWashington Shirley (1722-1778) ADM 6/18/86ADM 6/1820.1.1754 - 25.2.1756CaptainWilliam Martin (d.1766) ADM 6/18/88BWAS-171411.1756 - 4.2.1758CaptainHenry Smith (d.1758)BWAS-17144.2.1758 - 28.4.1758CaptainThomas Manning (d.1768) ADM 6/19/114
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792)
Commission confirmed 21.11.1759
BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
17.7.1745 - 11.9.1747LieutenantCharles Balfour (d.1750) ADM 6/16/513ADM 6/16

Service History


DateEventSource
13.10.1744building at Northam at a cost of £3984.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.10.1744Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Ship
29.1.1744/45Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3317.10.9dBWAS-1714
3.7.1745Action of 1745-07-03
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Le Royal (28) off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer La Duchesse de Penthièvre (26) off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Large Prize off Ostend BG
2.1746In Scottish watersBWAS-1714
6.7.1747Took the Privateer La Marguerite
6.10.1747Took the Privateer La Tourterelle (14) off Ireland
3.11.1747Took the Privateer Le Jason (18)
10.2.1748/49Paid off at Sheerness Dockyard ADM 6/18
10.8.1749SurveyedBWAS-1714
7.1750Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1750Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £199.4.4dBWAS-1714
5.1753Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
15.6.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
1.1754RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1754Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £5271.14.8dBWAS-1714
24.3.1754Sailed for the East indiesBWAS-1714
11.1.1756Capture of Geriah
28.4.1758Run ashore and burnt at MadrasBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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