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Centurion -> 1744 Eagle -> 1745 Centurion
|Keel Laid Down||1729/09/09||BWAS-1714|
|How acquired||Purpose built||BWAS-1714|
|Ship Class||1719 Establishment 60-Gunner|
|Designed by||Joseph Allin||BWAS-1714|
|Ship Type||Ship of the Line|
|From||Until||Fleet||Fleet Commander||Source||1740||1744/06/14||Anson's Circumnavigation||George Anson|
The cargo which Centurion brought home amounted to 2,600,000 Pieces of Eight, 150,000 Ounces of Plate, 10 Bars of Gold and a large quantity of Gold and Silver Dust, totalling £1,250,000 Sterling. Commodore George Anson arrived in London on the 17th June and on Tuesday 19th a wagon laden with silver from Centurion arrived at the Bank of England under a strong guard.
On 4th July 32 more waggons laden with treasure from Portsmouth passed through St. James's Street, the Strand and Cheapside, in their way to the Tower. They were guarded by the ship's crew and preceded by the Officers with drawn swords. With "Musick playing and Colours flying, particularly that of the Aquapulca Prize."
On 31st October 1744 the crew of the Centurion received £300 1s each, as part of their prize money; after which about forty of them, attended by fiddlers, bag-pipers etc. with cockades in their hats, went to Stratford to regale themselves.
|BWAS-1714||British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792||Rif Winfield||Book|
|B051||Biographia Navalis - Volume IV||John Charnock||Digital Book|
|B051||Biographia Navalis - Volume V||John Charnock||Digital Book|
|B051||Biographia Navalis - Volume VI||John Charnock||Digital Book|
|ODNB||Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||Oxford University Press||Web Site|
|ref:833||The History of Guernsey||Jonathan Duncan||Digital Book|
|WWNH||Who's who in naval history||Alastair Wilson, Joseph F. Callo||Book|
|ref:676||More than Nelson||Web Site|