Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down23.4.1740BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.9.1740
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBasilisk Class
ConstructorJohn QuallettBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 6"Imperial Feet27.8892 
Length of Keel73' 11 ⅞"Imperial Feet22.2726 
Breadth26' 4"Imperial Feet7.9417 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen272 7994Tons BM 


25.10.1740Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1742Broadside Weight = 27 Imperial Pound ( 12.2448 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck4 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck8 British 3-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

2.1757Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
174060Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

27.9.1740 - 4.3.1740/41CommanderThomas Philpott ADM 6/15/338BWAS-17145.3.1740/41 - 9.1.1742/43CommanderChristopher Middleton (d.1770) ADM 6/16/392BWAS-171410.1.1742/43 - 11.2.1742/43CommanderEdward Spragge (d.1757) ADM 6/16/133ADM 6/1612.2.1742/43 - 17.11.1744CommanderConingsby Norbury (d.1786) ADM 6/16/149BWAS-171416.11.1744 - 11.11.1745CommanderThomas Noel (d.1756) ADM 6/16/375BWAS-171412.11.1745 - 5.10.1746CommanderJohn Fergusone (d.1767) ADM 6/17/19BWAS-17146.10.1746 - 13.9.1748CommanderJervis Maplesden (d.1781) ADM 6/17/160BWAS-171415.11.1756 - 28.9.1758CommanderWilliam Williamson (d.1771) ADM 6/18/325BWAS-171428.9.1758 - 9.7.1759CommanderJonathon Faulknor (d.1795) ADM 6/18/541BWAS-17149.7.1759 - 12.7.1762CommanderJames Chaplen (d.1766) ADM 6/19/76BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

27.9.1740 - 26.3.1741LieutenantJohn Rankin ADM 6/15/339ADM 6/151.2.1744/45 - 8.10.1746LieutenantJohn Dalrymple ADM 6/16/433ADM 6/16

Service History

23.4.1740Began building at Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
25.10.1740Completed building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £5197.9.10dBWAS-1714
25.10.1740Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.11.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1742fitting at Deptford at a cost of £3900.2.9dBWAS-1714
1.1743Recommissioned for the Iclandic FisheryBWAS-1714
1744In the North SeaBWAS-1714
10.1744Began refitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.1744Completed refitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £1054.13.9dBWAS-1714
13.9.1748Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 106
9.1756Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1757Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £5468.17.0dBWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
6.1758St Malo, Cherbourg and St CasBWAS-1714
29.12.1758Capture of Goree
3.7.1759Bombardment of Le Havre
11.1759At QuiberonBWAS-1714
4.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
1762In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

31.3.1763Sold at Portsmouth for £1,000BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1758/10/161759/03/01Expedition against Île de GoréeAugustus Keppel (1725-1786)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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