Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1770BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.7.1776
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck170' 0"Imperial Feet51.816 
Length of Keel140' 1 ⅞"Imperial Feet42.6942 
Breadth47' 1"Imperial Feet14.3292 
Depth in Hold19' 11"Imperial Feet5.794 
Burthen1,659?Tons BM 


7.1776Broadside Weight = 781 Imperial Pound ( 354.1835 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

1 Commanding Officer

10.7.1776 - 23.1.1781CaptainGeorge Balfour (c.1720-1794) ADM 6/21/199BWAS-1714

Service History

16.8.1776Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £37846.10.8dBWAS-1714
9.6.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
29.9.1778At Sandy HookBWAS-1714
16.10.1778Took the Privateer Brig General Washington (18)
11.1778Driven back home?BWAS-1714
11.1778Took the Unrated Brig L'Étoile du Matin (6)
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
4.1780Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £8635.10.10dBWAS-1714
3.6.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
9.1780Sailed for New YorkBWAS-1714
12.9.1780Took the Privateer Hetty
23.1.1781Wrecked on Long Island and abandoned the next dayBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Sunday 4th of May 2014 16:18

The Gentleman's magazine. v.47 1777.
Admiralty Office: Capt. Balfour, of his Majesty's ship Culloden, writes from Torbay, that, on the 29th of last month, he took a ship from South Carolina, called the Liberty, Thomas Sherman, master, of about 400 tons, bound to Bourdeaux, laden with rice, indigo, deer-skins, and tobacco.

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