Buckingham -> 1777 Grampus

Nominal Guns68BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down26.1.1745/46BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.2.1755BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 68-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Holland (d.1752)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 0"Imperial Feet48.768 
Length of Keel131' 4"Imperial Feet39.9321 
Breadth45' 4"Imperial Feet13.7363 
Depth in Hold19' 4"Imperial Feet5.8025 
Burthen1,435 6294Tons BM 


30.4.1751Broadside Weight = 731 Imperial Pound ( 331.5085 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1745520Design Complement
7.1777230As a storeshipBWAS-1714

15 Commanding Officers

8.2.1755 - 7.6.1756CaptainMichael Everitt (1716-bef.1776) ADM 6/18/134BWAS-17147.6.1756 - 20.5.1757CaptainEdward Pratten (c.1715-1763) ADM 6/18/277ADM 6/1820.5.1757 - 29.1.1759CaptainRichard Tyrrell (1691-1766) ADM 6/18/401BWAS-171429.1.1759 - 12.5.1759CaptainLachlan Leslie (d.1762) ADM 6/19/75
Issued by John Moore (1717/18-1779), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 2.7.1759
ADM 6/19
12.5.1759 - 20.1.1761CaptainPeter Parker (1715-1811) ADM 6/19/190
Issued by John Moore (1717/18-1779), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 14.8.1760
20.1.1761 - 31.8.1762CaptainPeter Parker (1715-1811) ADM 6/19/268ADM 6/1931.8.1762 - 2.3.1763CaptainSir Edward Le Cras (c.1718-1784) ADM 6/19/434BWAS-171420.10.1770 - 19.2.1771CaptainRichard Kempenfelt (1715-1782) ADM 6/20/303BWAS-171419.2.1771 - 6.6.1773CaptainIsaac Florimond Ourry (1721-1773)† ADM 6/20/349BWAS-171425.8.1773 - 26.5.1775CaptainJohn Symons (c.1732-1799) ADM 6/21/95
Issued by Sir Robert Harland (1st Baronet of Sproughton) (c.1715-1783)
Commission confirmed 1.6.1775
ADM 6/21
6.1776 - 23.8.1777LieutenantAmbrose Reddall (c.1741-1791)BWAS-171423.8.1777 - 20.10.1778CommanderAmbrose Reddall (c.1741-1791) ADM 6/21/304BWAS-171420.10.1778 - 3.4.1779CommanderGeorge Anson Byron (d.1793) ADM 6/21/462BWAS-17143.4.1779 - 10.8.1779CommanderCharles Cotton (1753-1812) ADM 6/22/296
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
Commission confirmed 4.6.1781
ADM 6/22
10.8.1779 - 11.11.1779CommanderThomas Stanhope Bennett ADM 6/22/71
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Commission confirmed 28.12.1779

1 Flag Officer

8.2.1755 - 3.7.1756Rear-Admiral of the RedTemple West (1713-1757)BWAS-1714

2 Crewmen

2.7.1756 - 28.10.1756Captain's ServantCuthbert Baines (1743-1810)ref:98029.10.1756 - 18.7.1757Ordinary SeamanCuthbert Baines (1743-1810)ref:980

Service History

5.1751Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £29094.15.3dBWAS-1714
2.1753Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1755Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £7764.2.7dBWAS-1714
6.4.1756Sailed to the Mediterranean in Byng's fleetBWAS-1714
20.5.1756Battle of Minorca
10.1756Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1757Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £77213.8.8dBWAS-1714
29.1.1757Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1.1759At MartiniqueBWAS-1714
16.1.1759Attack on Martinique
20.1.1759Capture of Guadeloupe
2.1759At GuadeloupeBWAS-1714
29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
4.1761Expedition against BellisleBWAS-1714

Paid off

9.1763Began large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
11.1765Completed large repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £27083.12.2dBWAS-1714
25.3.1771Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1774Returned home late in the yearBWAS-1714
26.5.1775Paid offADM 51
6.1775Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1775Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1776Recommissioned as a store shipBWAS-1714
4.1777Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
19.4.1777Renamed GrampusBWAS-1714
7.1777Refitted as a 30 gun Unrated Storeship
7.1777Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £9250.18.7dBWAS-1714
26.12.1778Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
4.1779Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
11.11.1779Foundered in the Atlantic on the voyage homeBWAS-1714


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