Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.5.1759BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.3.1764
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCoventry Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesFrench Sixth Rate frigate 'Le Guadeloupe' (1781) (28)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck118' 4"Imperial Feet35.972 
Length of Keel97' 3 ½"Imperial Feet29.5783 
Breadth33' 8"Imperial Feet10.1261 
Depth in Hold10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Burthen586 3094Tons BM 


5.12.1763Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1756200Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers

14.3.1764 - 27.6.1766CaptainThe Hon. John Ruthven (d.1771) ADM 6/20/15BWAS-171427.6.1766 - 24.10.1768CaptainThe Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) ADM 6/20/126BWAS-171418.2.1778 - 10.10.1781CaptainHugh Robinson (1735-1802) ADM 6/21/369BWAS-1714

Service History

5.12.1763Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.12.1763building at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £8041.0.4dBWAS-1714
11.7.1764Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £5210.13.0dBWAS-1714
10.8.1764Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
24.10.1768Paid offADM 51
27.6.1769Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
4.4.1770Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
29.9.1773Paid offADM 51
9.1777Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1778Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £9242.13.4dBWAS-1714
9.6.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
2.1779Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1779Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2801.16.2dBWAS-1714
27.5.1779Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
16.3.1781Battle of Cape Henry
10.10.1781Scuttled and sunk in the York River to prevent capture, but raised and commissioned by the FrenchBWAS-1714


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