Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Fougueux' (1747) (64)
First Commissioned21.3.1748BWAS-1714
ShipyardBrest - Brittany W033
Constructor Jacques-Luc Coulomb (1713-1791)W033
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up5.1759BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck159' 11"French Feet (Pied du Roi)51.6437 (169′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Keel135' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)43.848 (143′ 10″ Imperial)
Breadth44' 2 ½"French Feet (Pied du Roi)14.3047 (46′ 11″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold18' 6 ½"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.8599 (19′ 2″ Imperial)
Burthen1,402 8294Tons BM 


3.1748Broadside Weight = 728 Imperial Pound ( 330.148 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1747/48520 BWAS-1714

8 Ship Commanders

21.3.1747/48 - 16.11.1752Captain Thomas Stanhope (c.1718-1770) ADM 6/17/335BWAS-171410.1.1753 - 2.4.1754Captain Richard Hughes (1708-1779) ADM 6/18/52BWAS-17142.4.1754 - 6.4.1754Captain Thomas Foley (d.1755) Transfered ADM 6/18/95ADM 6/187.4.1754 - 14.2.1755Captain George Brydges Rodney (1719-1792) Transfered ADM 6/18/96BWAS-171414.2.1755 - 25.3.1755Captain James Douglas (1703-1787) Transfered ADM 6/18/137ADM 6/1825.3.1755 - 27.1.1757Captain Richard Spry (1715-1775) Transfered ADM 6/18/149BWAS-171427.1.1757 - 23.3.1757Captain Smith Callis (1709-1761) ADM 6/18/349ADM 6/1823.3.1757 - 21.5.1759Captain Joseph Knight (c.1708-1775) ADM 6/18/372BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

21.3.1747/48 - bef.24.10.1749Second Lieutenant Charles Claus (c.1720-1749) Discharged Dead ADM 6/17/335ADM 6/1721.3.1747/48 - 1.12.1748Third Lieutenant David Pryce (c.1718-?) Transfered ADM 6/17/335ADM 6/1724.10.1749 - 8.5.1751First Lieutenant William Hackman (c.1716-1757) ADM 6/17/502ADM 6/17

Service History

29.10.1747Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
25.11.1747Ordered to be SurveyedBWAS-1714
19.3.1747/48Purchased at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £12750.3.6dBWAS-1714
4.1748Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1748Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7666.16.5dBWAS-1714
8.7.1748Ordered reduced to a guardshipBWAS-1714
1749Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1750Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1751Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1751Carried troops to MinorcaBWAS-1714
1752Guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
16.11.1752Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 6/18
1.1753Recommissioned as a guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
6.6.1755Action of 6-8 June 1755
8.6.1755Took the Ship of the Line Le Lys (64)
10.1755In North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.1757Receiving ship at CorkBWAS-1714
6.1757fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1757Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1758Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £9755.7.8dBWAS-1714
29.12.1758At the capture of GoreeBWAS-1714
29.12.1758Capture of Goree
5.1759Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
21.5.1759Paid offADM 51


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
27.4.1755-4.11.1755Fleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761) 
16.10.1758-1.3.1759Expedition against Île de Gorée Augustus Keppel (1725-1786) 

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Posted by Tony on Wednesday 12th of July 2017 11:59

My ancestor (d.1756) served on this ship according to an administration document. But the Fougueux was a big ship and in the brief time I spent with the ships records at the PRO (around 1974) I was unable to find a name entry for him.

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