Prince William

Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslySpanish Merchantman ship of the line 'Guipuscoana' (1780) (64)
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up9.1817BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck153' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet46.6408 
Length of Keel130' 3 ⅜"Imperial Feet39.6335 
Breadth44' 1"Imperial Feet13.4176 
Depth in Hold19' 9 ¼"Imperial Feet5.7976 
Burthen1,346 6194Tons BM 


4.1780Broadside Weight = 525 Imperial Pound ( 238.0875 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle10 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1780500 BWAS-1714

7 Commanding Officers

9.1.1780 - 23.1.1780CaptainErasmus Gower (1742-1814) ADM 6/22/132
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 18.5.1780
ADM 6/22
1.2.1780 - 1.4.1780CaptainGeorge Wilson ADM 6/22/118
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 21.4.1780
ADM 6/22
1.4.1780 - 13.5.1781CaptainStair Douglas (c.1735-1789) ADM 6/22/107BWAS-171414.5.1781 - 13.4.1782CaptainGeorge Wilkinson (c.1729-1782) ADM 6/22/464
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 7.5.1782
12.4.1782 - 10.5.1782CaptainJames Vashon (1742-1827) ADM 6/23/31
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 8.3.1783
ADM 6/23
10.5.1782 - 28.6.1782CaptainRichard Lucas ADM 6/23/172
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 12.12.1783
ADM 6/23
15.6.1782 - 7.1783CaptainWilliam Augustus Merrick (d.1786) ADM 6/23/99
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 24.7.1783

1 Crewman

13.10.1780 - 1781Captain's ServantPeter Ribouleau (d.1847)NBD1849

Service History

8.1.1780Taken by Rodney's fleetBWAS-1714
29.11.1780Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1714
3.2.1781At St EustatiusBWAS-1714
29.4.1781Battle of Fort Royal
11.10.1781Arrived in North AmericaBWAS-1714
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
19.4.1782Battle of the Mona Passage
21.7.1782Sailed to America with PigotBWAS-1714
5.9.1782Arrived at New YorkBWAS-1714
24.10.1782Left New York for the blockade of Cap FrancoiseBWAS-1714
26.4.1783Left Jamaica for homeBWAS-1714
7.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1790Began fitting at Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1791Refitted as a Other Vessels Sheer Hulk
4.1791Completed fitting at Portsmouth at a cost of £4216.0.0dBWAS-1714
1811Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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