British Fifth Rate ship 'Dover' (1740)


Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned1.1741
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 44-Gunner
ConstructorThomas BronsdenBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 5"Imperial Feet37.8005 
Length of Keel101' 4 ⅜"Imperial Feet30.7943 
Breadth35' 10 ¼"Imperial Feet10.6744 
Depth in Hold14' 5 ½"Imperial Feet4.2799 
Depth in Hold14' 6"Imperial Feet4.3053 
Burthen693 994Tons BM 


7.1.1739/40Broadside Weight = 222 Imperial Pound ( 100.677 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733250Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

10.1.1740/41 - 27.1.1742/43CaptainGeorge Burrish (d.1770) ADM 6/16/368BWAS-171428.1.1742/43 - 27.9.1744CaptainFrederick Rogers (d.1775) ADM 6/16/140BWAS-171424.1.1746/47 - 5.12.1747CaptainWashington Shirley (1722-1778) ADM 6/17/193BWAS-17145.12.1747 - 17.8.1748CaptainCharles Knowler (d.1789) ADM 6/17/291BWAS-171428.10.1755 - 23.4.1757CaptainChristopher Hill (d.1778) ADM 6/18/204BWAS-171423.4.1757 - 18.10.1758CaptainJohn Bladen Tinker (d.1767) ADM 6/18/389BWAS-171417.10.1758 - 1760CaptainJohn Albert Bentinck (1737-1775) ADM 6/18/548BWAS-17141760 - 1762CaptainBasil Keith (d.1777)BWAS-17141762 - 3.1762CaptainPhilip Tufton Perceval (d.1795)BWAS-171429.3.1762 - 7.1762CaptainChaloner Ogle (d.1814)BWAS-17142.7.1762 - 26.2.1763CaptainLancelot Holmes (d.1785)BWAS-1714

12 Commissioned Officers

20.1.1740/41 - 4.2.1740/41Second LieutenantGeorge Vachell (d.1748) ADM 6/15/371ADM 6/155.2.1740/41 - 6.11.1744First LieutenantGeorge Vachell (d.1748) ADM 6/15/378ADM 6/155.2.1740/41 - 20.2.1740/41Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Griffiths ADM 6/15/378ADM 6/1521.2.1740/41 - 27.1.1742/43Second LieutenantWilliam Griffiths ADM 6/16/388ADM 6/1521.2.1740/41 - 27.1.1742/43Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsCornelius Smelt (d.1755) ADM 6/16/388ADM 6/1511.5.1744 - 6.11.1744Second LieutenantAlexander Blyth (d.c.1753) ADM 6/16/307ADM 6/164.6.1744 - 6.11.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Daniel (d.1746)ADM3547.11.1744 - 14.7.1747First LieutenantAlexander Blyth (d.c.1753) ADM 6/16/381ADM 6/167.11.1744 - bef.21.4.1746Second LieutenantJohn Daniel (d.1746) ADM 6/16/381ADM 6/1621.4.1746 - 14.1.1746/47Second LieutenantJohn Thane ADM 6/17/188
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 9.1.1746/47
ADM 6/17
21.4.1746 - 15.1.1746/47Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Hall (d.1798) ADM 6/17/197
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752)
Commission confirmed 2.5.1747
ADM 6/17
19.1.1746/47 - 17.8.1748First LieutenantJohn Thane ADM 6/17/192ADM 6/17

1 Crewman

1745 - 1746UnknownRichard Pearson (1730/31-1806)ODNB

Service History

7.1.1739/40building at Deptford at a cost of £7119.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1.1739/40Began Completed at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.4.1741Completed Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £4403.6.4dBWAS-1714
10.1743In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1744In the North Sea and ChannelBWAS-1714
11.1745Sailed with a convoy to AmericaBWAS-1714
1.1746Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1745/46Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £3382.9.8dBWAS-1714
4.1746At LouisbourgBWAS-1714
14.6.1747Took the Privateer Le Huistre
27.9.1747Took the Fifth Rate Frigate La Renommée (30) in the Channel
16.11.1747Took the Privateer Ship Le Jean Frederick (22) and carried in FalmouthBG

Paid off

ADM 51
12.1749Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3823.2.5dBWAS-1714
29.7.1755Ordered to be fitted for seaBWAS-1714
1757In home watersBWAS-1714
12.1757Took the Merchantman East Indiaman Le Pondichery (56)
18.4.1761Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.1761Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
24.2.1762At St LuciaBWAS-1714
3.1762In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
4.1762Blockade of Cap FrancoisBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havanna
29.3.1763Surveyed and an estimate for a large repair of £6,063 pounds givenBWAS-1714
30.8.1763Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
6.10.1763Sold at Chatham for £500BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
17461746British Fleet at LouisbourgIsaac Townsend (1684-1765)


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15 ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16 ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM354 ADM 354 - Navy Board: Bound Out-letters 1738-1809 Document
ADM 6/17 ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
BG The London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM 51 ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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