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Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1772BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.7.1775BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1714
Ship ClassExperiment Class (1772)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
John BarnardBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1740-1782
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 9"Imperial Feet42.6777 
Length of Keel115' 6"Imperial Feet35.0622 
Breadth38' 9"Imperial Feet11.611 
Depth in Hold16' 7"Imperial Feet4.9064 
Burthen922 4794Tons BM 


23.8.1774Broadside Weight = 276 Imperial Pound ( 125.166 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
9.11.1772300Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders

14.7.1775 - 25.4.1776Captain
Robert KeelerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1790
ADM 6/21/104
25.4.1776 - 24.9.1779Captain
James WallaceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1799
ADM 6/21/182

Service History

23.8.1774building at Deptford - London at a cost of £14185.6.1dBWAS-1714
23.8.1774Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
26.8.1775Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5250.6.11dBWAS-1714
4.1776Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
28.6.1776Attack on Fort SullivanBWAS-1714
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
10.5.1778Took the Ship
Portsmouth (20) 1777-1778
American 20 Gun
Privateer Ship
on St. George’s Bank

27.9.1778Capture of the Raleigh
28.9.1778Took the Frigate
Raleigh (32) 1776-1778
American 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
off Boston

13.5.1779Action in Cancale Bay
13.5.1779Took the Frigate
La Danae (32) 1763-1779
French 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
off St Malo

24.9.1779Taken by
Le Sagittaire (50) 1761-1790
French 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Saturday 22nd of August 2015 07:55

Dimensions corrected :)

Posted by Paul Fields on Sunday 16th of August 2015 20:16

I expect the lengths of the Keel and the gundeck have been reversed.

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