Dreadnought

3987
Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.12.1740BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down7.1.1740/41BWAS-1714
Launched23.6.1742BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 60 Gunner - modified
ConstructorRichard WellsBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold17.8.1784BWAS-1714

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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
1742420EstablishmentBWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.6.1742 - 12.2.1744/45CaptainThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761) ADM 6/16/66BWAS-171412.2.1744/45 - 8.9.1748CaptainThomas Broderick (1704-1769) ADM 6/16/440BWAS-17141.7.1755 - 2.12.1755CaptainJohn Wickham (d.1763) ADM 6/18/177ADM 6/182.12.1755 - 16.1.1761CaptainMaurice Suckling (d.1778) ADM 6/17/217BWAS-171422.2.1762 - 14.7.1763CaptainMathew Moore (d.1787) ADM 6/19/388BWAS-171414.7.1763 - 12.1766CaptainThomas Lee (d.1770) ADM 6/19/519BWAS-1714

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.1755 - 7.1757Rear-Admiral of the WhiteThe Hon. George Townshend (1716-1769)ODNB7.1763 - 1767Rear-Admiral of the RedSir William Burnaby (1710-1776)BWAS-1714

6 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.6.1742 - 10.2.1743/44Second LieutenantCharles Upton (d.1749) ADM 6/16/67ADM 6/1611.2.1743/44 - 6.8.1744First LieutenantCharles Upton (d.1749) ADM 6/16/271ADM 6/1611.2.1743/44 - 3.8.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Young ADM 6/16/271ADM 6/164.8.1744 - 6.11.1744Second LieutenantAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/16/350ADM 6/1618.2.1744/45 - 3.1.1745/46Second LieutenantWilliam Woodburn ADM 6/16/443ADM 6/1623.2.1744/45 - 8.9.1748First LieutenantJames Burcher (c.1716-1747) ADM 6/16/448ADM 6/16

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1744 - 22.8.1744BoatswainMichael Tisdall (d.1751/52) ADM 6/16/355ADM 6/16

Service History


DateEventSource
6.1742Commissioned to cruise to the AzoresBWAS-1714
23.6.1742Completed at Deptford at a cost of £15886.10.0dBWAS-1714
23.6.1742Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.9.1742Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £6418.5.3dBWAS-1714
1744In Norris' fleet in the ChannelBWAS-1714
4.4.1744Took the Sixth Rate 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 Privateer Brig Généreux (12) off Cape Clear
4.4.1747Took the Privateer Mars (36) off Cape Clear
7.4.1747Took the Privateer L'Elisabeth off Cape Clear
4.5.1747Took the Privateer Guillaume off Cape Clear
12.6.1747Took the Privateer Le Roi David off Cape Clear
6.5.1748Took the Privateer César off Cape Clear
19.5.1748Took the Privateer L'Amazone off Cape Clear
8.9.1748Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 106
29.1.1748/49SurveyedBWAS-1714
6.1751Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1753Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £15755.13.8dBWAS-1714
23.1.1753Re-surveyedBWAS-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
13.10.1760SurveyedBWAS-1714
1761Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1761Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1762RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1762Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £20273.6.4dBWAS-1714
15.10.1763Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
12.1766Paid offBWAS-1714
1782used as a prison ship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1782Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
17.8.1784Sold at Portsmouth for £350BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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