Deal Castle

Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1.1755BWAS-1714
First Commissioned26.1.1756
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSquirrel Class
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck107' 3"Imperial Feet32.6245 
Length of Keel88' 6 ½"Imperial Feet26.8351 
Breadth29' 2"Imperial Feet8.8448 
Depth in Hold9' 2"Imperial Feet2.794 
Burthen400 6194Tons BM 


20.1.1756Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1754160Design Complement

13 Commanding Officers

26.1.1756 - 20.8.1756CaptainEdward Hughes (1720-1794) ADM 6/18/229BWAS-171420.8.1756 - 23.8.1756CaptainStephen Colby (c.1720-1779) ADM 6/18/302ADM 6/1823.8.1756 - 18.10.1758CaptainHenry Angel (c.1714-1777) ADM 6/18/303BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 2.2.1763CaptainGeorge Tindall (d.1777) ADM 6/18/548BWAS-171410.5.1763 - 24.7.1766CaptainDigby Dent (1739-1817) ADM 6/19/495B0511.3.1768 - 30.7.1772CaptainMaximilian Jacobs (c.1731-1780) ADM 6/20/197BWAS-171430.7.1772 - 25.7.1775CaptainJames Cumming (1738-1808) ADM 6/20/452BWAS-171425.7.1775 - 18.10.1775CaptainJames Chads (c.1724-1781) ADM 6/21/107ADM 6/2118.10.1775 - 12.12.1776CaptainJames Worth (c.1722-?) ADM 6/21/126BWAS-171415.9.1777 - 24.10.1777CaptainSamuel Graves ADM 6/21/312ADM 6/2124.10.1777 - 27.7.1779CaptainSir William Parker (1740/41-1802) ADM 6/21/327BWAS-171414.5.1779 - 18.4.1780CaptainWilliam Fooks (d.1798) ADM 6/22/53
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Commission confirmed 26.11.1779
20.4.1780 - 11.10.1780CaptainJames Hawkins-Whitshed (1762-1849) ADM 6/22/306BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

24.10.1772 - 23.9.1775MidshipmanCharles Cotton (1753-1812)ref:616

Service History

9.1.1755Began building at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
20.1.1756Completed building at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £9403.4.10dBWAS-1714
20.1.1756Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.3.1756Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
18.7.1760Took the Privateer Le Faucon in the North Sea
10.4.1762Sailed with a troop convoy for SenegalBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
23.9.1763Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
7.1767Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1768Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6482.7.6dBWAS-1714
7.6.1768Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
9.1772Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.1772Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £3341.4.4dBWAS-1714
27.4.1773Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1775Ordered homeBWAS-1714
1776Commissioned for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
11.1776Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.12.1776Paid offADM 51
11.1777Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £9933.17.6dBWAS-1714
8.12.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
11.10.1780Wrecked in a hurricane on Puerto Rico, losing 3 drownedBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
B051Biographia Navalis - Volume VJohn CharnockDigital Book
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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Posted by Linda Fair on Friday 16th of February 2018 17:07

I have the last will and testament of an Alexander Keith who was one of my ancestors. It says that he was on the Deal Castle in 1756. Please could you tell me if you have any further details on him?

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