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 ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesFrench Fourth Rate ship of the line 'L'Experiment' (1779) (50)


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 Commanding Officers

14.7.1775 - 25.4.1776Captain Robert Keeler (c.1735-c.1811) ADM 6/21/104BWAS-171425.4.1776 - 24.9.1779Captain James Wallace (c.1732-1803) ADM 6/21/182BWAS-1714

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) on St. George’s Bank
27.9.1778Capture of the Raleigh
28.9.1778Took the Frigate Raleigh (32) off Boston
13.5.1779Action in Cancale Bay
13.5.1779Took the Frigate Danae (32) off St Malo


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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