Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.1768BWAS-1714
First Commissioned18.2.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassIntrepid ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam Gray (d.1775)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck159' 6"Imperial Feet48.4658 
Length of Keel131' 0"Imperial Feet39.9288 
Breadth44' 5"Imperial Feet13.443 
Depth in Hold19' 0"Imperial Feet5.7912 
Burthen1,374 6594Tons BM 


2.1778Broadside 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

2 Commanding Officers

18.2.1778 - 20.3.1779CaptainSamuel Granston Goodall (d.1801) ADM 6/21/369BWAS-171420.3.1779 - 15.2.1780CaptainMaximilian Jacobs (c.1731-1780) ADM 6/21/527BWAS-1714

Service History

31.8.1772Began Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
10.1772Completed Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £31178.8.8dBWAS-1714
26.10.1772Moved to Portsmouth for completionBWAS-1714
1778Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1778Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6273.19.5dBWAS-1714
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
12.1778In Molyneaux Shuldham's squadronBWAS-1714
8.5.1779Put down mutinyBWAS-1714
23.5.1779Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
2.1780In operations against CharlestonBWAS-1714
15.2.1780Bilged on a bar rin the Savannah River and sankBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Monday 7th of April 2014 20:07

Edinburgh Advertiser May 2, 1780
The Defiance, man of war, Capt. Jacobs, of 64 guns, is lost in the attempt to get over the bar of Charlestown harbour; and four transports have met with the same like fate in the same place.

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