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Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered15.10.1779BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down10.1780BWAS-1714
Launched21.12.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned3.1783
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCrown Class
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
Constructor StaresBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Burnt11.4.1794BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck160' 8"Imperial Feet48.7714 
Length of Keel131' 11 ¾"Imperial Feet39.9479 
Breadth44' 7 ½"Imperial Feet13.4239 
Depth in Hold19' 4 ½"Imperial Feet5.8039 
Burthen1,397 8294Tons BM 

Armament


21.12.1782Broadside 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
1779500Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.12.1782 - 22.3.1783CaptainIsaac Prescott (c.1737-1830) ADM 6/22/550ADM 6/2322.3.1783 - 11.3.1786CaptainHarry Harmood (1739-1809) ADM 6/23/38BWAS-17149.6.1786 - 11.2.1788CaptainFrancis John Hartwell (1757-1831) ADM 6/23/339BWAS-171414.6.1790 - 25.1.1793CaptainJames Vashon (1742-1827) ADM 6/24/40ADM 6/246.2.1793 - 11.4.1794CaptainRobert Manners Sutton (d.1794)† ADM 6/24/204BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
29.3.1783 - 15.4.1783First LieutenantJohn O'Bryen (d.1804) ADM 6/23/41ADM 6/2329.3.1783 - 1783Second LieutenantGeorge Hopewell Stephens (d.1819) ADM 6/23/41ADM 6/2329.3.1783 - 1783Third LieutenantJohn Howe ADM 6/23/41ADM 6/23

Service History


DateEventSource
21.12.1782Completed at Bursledon - Hampshire at a cost of £25343.18.11dBWAS-1714
24.12.1782Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1783Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
27.8.1783Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £13694.16.7dBWAS-1714
11.3.1786

Paid off

BWAS-1714
6.1786Recommissioned as a guard ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
11.2.1788

Paid off

BWAS-1714
4.1788Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1789Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £19042.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1789Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1790Recommissioned for the Spanish ArmamentBWAS-1714
8.1790Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5595.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.9.1791

Paid off

BWAS-1714
2.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1793fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5595.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.10.1793Attack on Mortello TowerBWAS-1714
11.4.1794Blew up off Villefranche with no survivorsBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
 

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Posted by Janet Bott on Monday 28th of May 2018 03:01

I understand that Henry Quinton [1759-1794] who was born into a sea faring Great Yarmouth family was one of the crew on board. Jan

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