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 - Devon 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 (c.1718-1770) 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 (c.1716-1778) 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 (c.1724-1766) ADM 6/18/88BWAS-171424.8.1756 - c.7.1757CaptainHenry Smith (c.1723-c.1757)BWAS-17144.2.1758 - 28.4.1758CaptainThomas Manning (d.1768) ADM 6/19/114
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792), East Indies - Asia
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 - Devon at a cost of £3984.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.10.1744Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Ship
29.1.1744/45Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth 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 - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Le Royal (28) off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer La Duchesse de Penthièvre (26) off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Large Prize off Ostend - Flanders 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 - Sheerness ADM 6/18
10.8.1749SurveyedBWAS-1714
7.1750Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
8.1750Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £199.4.4dBWAS-1714
5.1753Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
15.6.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
1.1754RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1754Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £5271.14.8dBWAS-1714
24.3.1754Sailed for the East indiesBWAS-1714
11.1.1756Capture of Geriah
7.3.1757Expedition against Chandernagore
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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