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Dover

3963
Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Launched7.1.1739/40BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1.1741BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBronsdon's Yard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 44-Gunner (1733)BWAS-1714
Constructor
Peter BronsdonBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShipBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold6.10.1763BWAS-1714

Dimensions


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' 6"Imperial Feet4.3053 
Depth in Hold14' 5 ½"Imperial Feet4.2799 
Burthen693 994Tons BM 

Armament


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

12 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
10.1.1740/41 - 27.1.1742/43Captain
George BurrishBritish
Naval Sailor
Transfered ADM 6/16/368
BWAS-1714
28.1.1742/43 - 27.9.1744Captain
Frederick RogersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1754
Transfered ADM 6/16/140
BWAS-1714
2.10.1744 - 24.1.1746/47Captain
Richard CollinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1763
ADM 6/16/368
ADM 6/16
24.1.1746/47 - 5.12.1747Captain
Washington ShirleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1778
ADM 6/17/193
BWAS-1714
5.12.1747 - 17.8.1748Captain
Charles KnowlerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1722-1770
ADM 6/17/291
BWAS-1714
28.10.1755 - 23.4.1757Captain
Christopher HillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1778
ADM 6/18/204
BWAS-1714
23.4.1757 - 18.10.1758Captain
John Bladen TinkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1765
Transfered ADM 6/18/389
BWAS-1714
17.10.1758 - 27.10.1759Captain
John Albert BentinckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1757-1773
Transfered ADM 6/18/548
BWAS-1714
11.4.1760 - 21.7.1760Captain
Basil KeithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1748
Transfered ADM 6/19/157
BWAS-1714
21.7.1760 - 29.3.1762Captain
Philip Tufton PercevalBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1781
Transfered ADM 6/19/182
BWAS-1714
29.3.1762 - 29.6.1762Captain
Chaloner OgleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1763
Transfered ADM 6/19/487
Issued by
George Brydges RodneyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782

Confirmed 22.4.1763
BWAS-1714
2.7.1762 - 26.2.1763Captain
Lancelot HolmesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1763
ADM 6/19/487
Issued by
George PocockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1766
, East Indies - Asia
Confirmed 22.4.1763
BWAS-1714

21 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.1.1740/41 - 4.2.1740/41Second Lieutenant
George VachellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1748
ADM 6/15/371
ADM 6/15
5.2.1740/41 - 6.11.1744First Lieutenant
George VachellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1748
Transfered ADM 6/15/378
ADM 6/15
5.2.1740/41 - 20.2.1740/41Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
William GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1727-1752
ADM 6/15/378
ADM 6/15
21.2.1740/41 - 27.1.1742/43Second Lieutenant
William GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1727-1752
Transfered ADM 6/16/388
ADM 6/15
21.2.1740/41 - 27.1.1742/43Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Cornelius SmeltBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1753
Transfered ADM 6/16/388
ADM 6/15
11.5.1744 - 6.11.1744Second Lieutenant
Alexander BlythBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1748
ADM 6/16/307
ADM 6/16
4.6.1744 - 6.11.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
John DanielBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1746
ADM354
7.11.1744 - 14.7.1747First Lieutenant
Alexander BlythBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1748
Transfered ADM 6/16/381
ADM 6/16
7.11.1744 - bef.21.4.1746Second Lieutenant
John DanielBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1746
Discharged Dead ADM 6/16/381
ADM 6/16
21.4.1746 - 14.1.1746/47Second Lieutenant
John ThaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1763
ADM 6/17/188
Issued by
William RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1704-1763
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 9.1.1746/47
ADM 6/17
21.4.1746 - 15.1.1746/47Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
William HallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1763
ADM 6/17/197
Issued by
Peter WarrenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1716-1748
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 2.5.1747
ADM 6/17
19.1.1746/47 - 17.8.1748First Lieutenant
John ThaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1763
ADM 6/17/192
ADM 6/17
18.6.1756 - 23.4.1757Third Lieutenant
Charles WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1782
ADM 6/18/316
ADM 6/18
23.4.1757 - 4.8.1757Second Lieutenant
Charles WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1782
ADM 6/18/389
ADM 6/18
4.8.1757 - 1.2.1758Second Lieutenant
Charles CaesarBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1777
ADM 6/18/426
ADM 6/18
1.2.1758 - 7.11.1759First Lieutenant
Charles CaesarBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1777
Transfered ADM 6/18/481
ADM 6/18
15.7.1758 - 19.7.1758Third Lieutenant
John JacksonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1778
ADM 6/18/526
ADM 6/18
19.7.1758 - 24.1.1759Second Lieutenant
John JacksonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1778
Transfered ADM 6/18/526
ADM 6/18
1.2.1759 - 7.11.1759Third Lieutenant
George TowersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1763
ADM 6/19/29
ADM 6/19
7.11.1759 - 23.3.1761Second Lieutenant
George TowersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1763
ADM 6/19/110
ADM 6/19
23.3.1761 - 26.2.1763First Lieutenant
George TowersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1763
ADM 6/19/301
ADM 6/19

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
3.5.1746 - 5.2.1747/48Midshipman
Mathew AndersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1775
Transfered ADM 107/4/371
ADM 107/4
17.9.1746 - 4.2.1749Midshipman
David CollinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1782
Transfered ADM 107/4/351
ADM 107/4

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
14.8.1744 - 2.5.1746Able Seaman
Mathew AndersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1775
ADM 107/4/371
ADM 107/4

Service History


DateEventSource
7.1.1739/40building at Deptford - London at a cost of £7119.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1.1739/40Began Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.4.1741Completed Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford 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 - Sheerness BWAS-1714
3.1745/46Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3382.9.8dBWAS-1714
4.1746At LouisbourgBWAS-1714
14.6.1747Took the Privateer
L'Huistre 1747-1747
French Privateer Unknown
BWAS-1714
27.9.1747Took the Frigate
La Renommée (30) 1744-1747
French 30 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
in the Channel

16.11.1747Took the Ship
Le Jean Frederick (22) 1747-1747
French 22 Gun
Privateer Ship
and carried in Falmouth
BG
17.8.1748

Paid off

ADM 33
12.1749Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3823.2.5dBWAS-1714
29.7.1755

Ordered to be fitted for sea

BWAS-1714
10.1755RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1757In home watersBWAS-1714
12.1757Took the East Indiaman
Le Pondichery (56) 1754-1757
French 56 Gun
Merchant East Indiaman

18.4.1761

Sailed for North America

BWAS-1714
12.1761Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
24.2.1762

At St Lucia

BWAS-1714
24.2.1762Capture of Saint Lucia
3.1762In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
4.1762Blockade of Cap FrancoisBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
26.2.1763

Paid off

ADM 33
29.3.1763

Surveyed and an estimate for a large repair of £6,063 pounds given

BWAS-1714
30.8.1763

Ordered to be sold

BWAS-1714
6.10.1763

Sold at Chatham for £500

BWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1746-1746British Fleet at Louisbourg
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1746
 
 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 8th of September 2019 02:01

Dover arrived at Louisbourg on 21 Apr./3 May 1746 with two other 44s, Torrington and Fowey, and the troops from Gibraltar via the Chesapeake, where they, their transports, and their escorts had wintered. The ships then scattered, as follows:
• Dover to England on 9/20 Nov. with Louisbourg, fireship (local purchase), Kingston (58), Pembroke (60), Kinsale (44), Hinchinbrook (10), and Hampshire (50)
• Torrington to Newfoundland Banks for fisheries protection on 5/16 July, then to Englad
• Fowey to West Indies on 28 Nov./9 Dec. with Vice-Adm. Isaac Townsend and Norwich (50), Canterbury (60)
Source: W.A.B. Douglas, "Nova Scotia and the Royal Navy, 1713-1766," Ph.D. diss., Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ont., 1973, pp. 113-39. (PDF downloaded from Internet but originally on microfilm and perhaps at some research institutions in that format)


Posted by Cy on Sunday 1st of September 2019 21:54

Albert
I've added Richard Collins who was the missing captain.

There are some letters in the National Archives ADM 106/1026 from the Elizabeth River, Virginia dated 18 March 1745/6, by 26 October 1746 she is in Louisbourg.


Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 1st of September 2019 20:52

Dover went to America in the fall of 1745 with reinforcements for the Louisbourg garrison, too late to deliver them, and had to remain in Virginia until the spring, when they could finally be taken to their destination. The ship was at Louisbourg during the summer, sailing for England on 9/20 Nov. I have not been able to find a captain for her between Rogers and Shirley.

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