Dragon

3971
Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered19.10.1733BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.11.1733BWAS-1714
Launched11.9.1736BWAS-1714
First Commissioned15.7.1737BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 60-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn HaywardBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sunk as Breakwater14.7.1757BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck144' 0"Imperial Feet43.8912 
Length of Keel166' 7"Imperial Feet50.5995 
Breadth41' 6"Imperial Feet12.6492 
Depth in Hold16' 11"Imperial Feet4.881 
Draught Forward11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Draught Aft13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Burthen1,067 2394Tons BM 

Armament


11.9.1736Broadside Weight = 435 Imperial Pound ( 197.2725 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1733400Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.7.1737 - 8.11.1742CaptainCurtis Barnet (d.1746) ADM 6/16/75BWAS-17149.11.1742 - 17.11.1745CaptainCharles Watson (1714-1757) ADM 6/17/41
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 9.1.1745/46
BWAS-1714
22.2.1745/46 - 8.9.1748CaptainThomas Frankland (1718-1781) ADM 6/17/65BWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.7.1737 - 27.4.1740First LieutenantCurtis Barnet (d.1746) ADM 6/15/75ADM 6/1515.7.1737 - 27.4.1740Second LieutenantEdward Dodd (d.1763) ADM 6/15/75ADM 6/1528.4.1740 - 13.7.1740Second LieutenantMoses Peadle (d.1744) ADM 6/15/281ADM 6/155.11.1740 - 24.11.1741Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Haddock (d.1749) ADM 6/17/109
Commission confirmed 31.5.1746
ADM 6/18
25.11.1741 - 17.11.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Cleland (d.bef.1749) ADM 6/17/40
Issued by Nicholas Haddock (1686-1746)
Commission confirmed 8.1.1744/45
ADM 6/17
18.9.1742 - 17.11.1745First LieutenantDavid Aytone (d.1747) ADM 6/17/40
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 7.1.1745/46
ADM 6/17
18.9.1742 - 5.3.1743/44Second LieutenantLionel Daniel (d.1752) ADM 6/17/207
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 16.3.1746/47
ADM 6/17
29.9.1746 - 8.9.1748First LieutenantThomas Trenwith (d.1798) ADM 6/17/158ADM 6/17

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1.4.1760 - 2.4.1761MidshipmanJohn Colpoys (1742-1821) ADM 107/5/391ADM 107/5

Service History


DateEventSource
29.9.1736Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £20561.9.10dBWAS-1714
7.1737Commissioned as a guardship at ChathamBWAS-1714
8.1737fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1738Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1739In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1740In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1741In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
24.7.1741Action of 1741-07-24
1742In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1743In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1744In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
17.11.1745

Paid off

BWAS-1714
4.1746Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
11.1746Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £12169.0.2dBWAS-1714
4.1747Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.9.1748

Paid off at Chatham Dockyard

ADM 106
29.11.1748SurveyedBWAS-1714
15.11.1755Reported as unfit for serviceBWAS-1714
14.6.1757Ordered to be used as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1714
14.7.1757Sailed from Chatham to SheernessBWAS-1714
14.7.1757Sunk as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 107/5ADM 107/5 1757-1762 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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