Dursley Galley

Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned9.2.1718/19
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck105' 0"Imperial Feet32.004 
Length of Keel86' 9"Imperial Feet26.2509 
Breadth28' 4 ½"Imperial Feet8.5471 
Depth in Hold10' 0"Imperial Feet3.048 
Burthen371 4894Tons BM 


3.1718/19Broadside Weight = 60 Imperial Pound ( 27.21 kg)BWAS-1603
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1718/19100 BWAS-1714

10 Commanding Officers

9.2.1718/19 - 5.3.1727/28CaptainGeorge Purvis (1680-1748) ADM 6/12/151BWAS-17146.3.1727/28 - 19.11.1729CaptainJohn Forrester (d.1737) ADM 6/14/197BWAS-17146.5.1732 - 23.10.1740CaptainThomas Smith (c.1707-1762) ADM 6/16/107BWAS-171424.10.1740 - 23.7.1742CaptainRichard Hughes (1708-1779) ADM 6/16/138
Commission confirmed 24.1.1742/43
24.7.1742 - 12.11.1742CaptainJames Hodsoll (d.1754) ADM 6/16/523
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 5.8.1745
ADM 6/16
13.11.1742 - 8.1743CaptainMerrick de l'Angle (d.1753)BWAS-17144.8.1743 - 12.1.1743/44CaptainJohn Watkins (d.1757) ADM 6/16/484
Commission confirmed 27.5.1745
13.1.1743/44 - 5.3.1743/44CaptainGiles Richard Vanbrugh (d.1745/46) ADM 6/16/492
Commission confirmed 11.6.1745
6.3.1743/44 - 20.9.1744CaptainLord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770) ADM 6/16/399BWAS-171421.9.1744 - 22.11.1744CaptainLord George Forrester (d.1748) ADM 6/17/108
Commission confirmed 28.5.1746
ADM 6/18

7 Commissioned Officers

9.2.1718/19 - 5.2.1720/21LieutenantJohn Button (d.1728) ADM 6/12/151ADM 6/126.2.1720/21 - 7.5.1723LieutenantFrancis Percival ADM 6/13/1ADM 6/136.5.1732 - 22.12.1732LieutenantWilliam Boutflower (d.1733) ADM 6/14/107ADM 6/1420.5.1732 - 17.6.1734LieutenantFranklyn Lushington (d.1742/43) ADM 6/14/108ADM 6/1418.6.1734 - 20.1.1737/38LieutenantEdward Peyton (d.1748) ADM 6/15/191ADM 6/1421.1.1737/38 - 11.10.1739LieutenantRoger Whitmore ADM 6/15/107ADM 6/153.10.1744 - 4.12.1744LieutenantRichard Davis (d.1768) ADM 6/16/400ADM 6/16

3 Petty Officers

22.6.1719 - 12.1.1720/21Master's MateThomas Dias ADM 107/3/187ADM107/322.12.1734 - 3.2.1736/37MidshipmanRichard Walden (c.1715-1744) ADM 107/3/313ADM107/326.12.1734 - 6.1.1736/37Master's MateJohn Amherst (1718-1778) ADM 107/3/312ADM107/3

3 Crewmen

20.12.1731 - 31.3.1732Able SeamanRichard Walden (c.1715-1744) ADM 107/3/313ADM107/313.6.1732 - 25.12.1734Able SeamanJohn Amherst (1718-1778) ADM 107/3/312ADM107/319.1.1735/36 - 24.9.1738Able SeamanRobert Farmar (c.1715-c.1758) ADM 107/3/482ADM107/3

Service History

1719On the Spanish coastBWAS-1714
13.2.1718/19building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3373.18.4dBWAS-1714
13.2.1718/19Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.3.1718/19Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £208.18.2dBWAS-1714
1720In Home watersBWAS-1714
1721At GibraltarBWAS-1714
1722At GibraltarBWAS-1714
1723At GibraltarBWAS-1714
1724In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
10.1727Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714

In the latter part of 1728, a Spanish guarda costa sighted and bore down on the Dursley Galley, 20, mistaking her for a merchantman, and with the intention of searching her. Naturally, the Dursley Galley did not bring to, and the Spaniard opened fire, which the British ship warmly returned. After a short fight, in which the guarda costa lost five men killed and twenty wounded, the Spaniard surrendered.

4.1728Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3268.12.7dBWAS-1714
4.1728Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1728Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1690.1.8dBWAS-1714
1729Sailed to the West Indies and JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
1.1732Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.1732Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3173.16.7dBWAS-1714
1.1733Damaged by the Royal Oak (70) in a stormBWAS-1714
1736Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
4.1738Began refitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1738Completed refitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4168.4.8dBWAS-1714
1739Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1741Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1742At NaplesBWAS-1714
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
10.1744Sailed for EnglandBWAS-1714
14.12.1744Paid offADM 51
21.2.1744/45Sold for £851BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1726/12/241728/04/09British Squadron for the relief of GibraltarSir Charles Wager (1666-1743)


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