Worcester -> 1788 Worcester Hulk

Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.5.1766BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.1.1771
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassWorcester Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas BucknallBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up12.1816BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck159' 0"Imperial Feet48.4632 
Length of Keel130' 1 ⅜"Imperial Feet39.6335 
Breadth44' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet13.4303 
Depth in Hold19' 0"Imperial Feet5.7912 
Draught Forward11' 10"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Draught Aft16' 7"Imperial Feet4.9064 
Burthen1,379 4994Tons BM 


17.10.1769Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1765500Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

8.1.1771 - 8.1.1774CaptainRichard Hughes (c.1724-1812) ADM 6/20/332BWAS-17148.1.1774 - 31.3.1775CaptainGeorge Ourry (1732-1800) ADM 6/21/2BWAS-17141.4.1775 - 11.1.1779CaptainMark Robinson (1722-1799)BWAS-171411.1.1779 - 7.1782CaptainGeorge Talbot (c.1730-1787) ADM 6/21/498BWAS-17147.1782 - 3.9.1782CaptainCharles Wood (d.1782)BWAS-17144.9.1782 - 12.1.1786CaptainCharles HughesBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

1.10.1776 - 10.4.1777Acting LieutenantHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)NAO

1 Petty Officer

6.1775 - 3.1777MidshipmanGeorge Paris Monke (d.1828)MHVA

Service History

1.1771Commissioned as a guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
17.10.1771Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
26.11.1771Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £26407.11.1dBWAS-1714
26.11.1771Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7569.15.1dBWAS-1714
1772Summer cruiseBWAS-1714
3.1773Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1773Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.6.1773Present at the Spithead ReviewBWAS-1714
1775Summer cruise, then a guardshipBWAS-1714
11.5.1777Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
1.1779refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7109.8.1dBWAS-1714
7.3.1779Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
17.2.1782Battle of Sadras
12.4.1782Battle of Providien
6.7.17822nd Battle of Negapatam
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
10.1782coppering at Bombay Dockyard BWAS-1714
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
1785Sailed for homeBWAS-1714

Paid off

8.1787Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1788Refitted as a Hulk
1.1788Renamed Worcester HulkBWAS-1714
1.1788Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1816Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
MHVAThe Maritime History Virtual ArchivesLars BruzeliusWeb Site

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 7th of May 2012 07:20

3 Dec 1776 Worcester 64 cap Robinson sails with a convoy from Portsmouth to Gibraltar returning Apr 1777 in time for Nelson to sit Lt exam on 9 Apr 1777

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