Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1.1740/41BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 60 Gunner - modifiedBWAS-1714
Constructor Richard WellsBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck144' 1"Imperial Feet43.8918 
Length of Keel118' 7 ⅛"Imperial Feet35.9696 
Breadth41' 7 ½"Imperial Feet12.5095 
Depth in Hold16' 11"Imperial Feet4.881 
Draught Aft18' 2"Imperial Feet5.4928 
Burthen1,092 9094Tons BM 


23.6.1742Broadside Weight = 462 Imperial Pound ( 209.517 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1745Broadside Weight = 474 Imperial Pound ( 214.959 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

6 Ship Commanders

23.6.1742 - 12.2.1744/45CaptainThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761) ADM 6/16/66BWAS-171412.2.1744/45 - 8.9.1748Captain Thomas Brodrick (1704-1769) ADM 6/16/440BWAS-17141.7.1755 - 2.12.1755Captain John Wickham (d.1763) ADM 6/18/177ADM 6/182.12.1755 - 19.11.1760Captain Maurice Suckling (1726-1778) ADM 6/17/217BWAS-171422.2.1762 - 14.7.1763Captain Mathew Moore (d.1787) ADM 6/19/388BWAS-171414.7.1763 - 16.12.1766Captain Thomas Lee (c.1729-1770) ADM 6/19/519BWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers

7.1755 - 7.1757Rear-Admiral of the WhiteThe Hon. George Townshend (1716-1769)ODNB19.7.1763 - 25.11.1766Rear-Admiral of the RedSir William Burnaby (1710-1776)BWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers

25.6.1742 - 10.2.1743/44Second Lieutenant Charles Upton (d.1749) ADM 6/16/67ADM 6/1611.2.1743/44 - 6.8.1744First Lieutenant Charles Upton (d.1749) ADM 6/16/271ADM 6/1611.2.1743/44 - 3.8.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Young (c.1717-?) Transfered ADM 6/16/271ADM 6/164.8.1744 - 6.11.1744Second Lieutenant Augustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/16/350ADM 6/1618.2.1744/45 - 3.1.1745/46Second Lieutenant William Woodburn Transfered ADM 6/16/443ADM 6/1623.2.1744/45 - 8.9.1748First Lieutenant James Burcher (c.1716-1747) ADM 6/16/448ADM 6/16

1 Warrant Officer

1744 - 22.8.1744Boatswain Michael Tisdall (d.1751/52) Transfered ADM 6/16/355ADM 6/16

5 Petty Officers

12.6.1742 - 17.4.1745Midshipman Stephen Tippet (c.1724-c.1750) ADM 107/3/555ADM 107/310.10.1742 - 24.4.1744Midshipman Charles Claus (c.1720-1749) ADM 107/3/513ADM 107/313.9.1755 - 22.1.1756Midshipman George Farmer (c.1732-1779) ADM 107/5/48ADM 107/514.7.1756 - 2.7.1757Midshipman George Farmer (c.1732-1779) Transfered ADM 107/5/48ADM 107/525.4.1765 - 9.3.1767Midshipman Robert Baldock (d.1777) Transfered ADM 107/6/174ADM 107/6

1 Crewman

23.1.1756 - 13.7.1756Able Seaman George Farmer (c.1732-1779) ADM 107/5/48ADM 107/5

Service History

6.1742Commissioned to cruise to the AzoresBWAS-1714
23.6.1742Completed at Deptford - London at a cost of £15886.10.0dBWAS-1714
23.6.1742Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.9.1742Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6418.5.3dBWAS-1714
1744In Norris' fleet in the ChannelBWAS-1714
4.4.1744Took the Frigate La Médée (26) off Cape Clear
5.1744Lisbon convoyBWAS-1714
1745In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 60 gun Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
27.2.1746/47Took the Brig Le Généreux (12) off Cape Clear
4.4.1747Took the Privateer Le Mars (36) off Cape Clear
7.4.1747Took the Privateer L'Elisabeth off Cape Clear
4.5.1747Took the Privateer Le Guillaume off Cape Clear
12.6.1747Took the Privateer Le Roi David off Cape Clear
6.5.1748Took the Privateer Le César off Cape Clear
19.5.1748Took the Privateer L'Amazone off Cape Clear
8.9.1748Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 106
6.1751Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1753Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £15755.13.8dBWAS-1714
7.1755Recommissioned and fitted as a flagshipBWAS-1714
8.1.1756Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
21.10.1757Forrest's Action
2.9.1758Dreadnought v Le Palmier
1760On the Jamiaca stationBWAS-1714

Paid off

1.1761Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1762Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £20273.6.4dBWAS-1714
15.10.1763Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

1782used as a prison ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1782Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
17.8.1784Sold at Portsmouth for £350BWAS-1714


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Posted by martin rigby on Tuesday 22nd of September 2020 07:46

Gunner of HMS Dreadnought was Stephen Foster from March 1745 to September 1748. Source: ADM\B\177
Later Gunner of HMS Somerset and subsequently HMS Royal George. Died in 1808. His headstone describes him as 'the oldest seaman in His majesty's service'.

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