Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1746BWAS-1714
First Commissioned7.3.1747/48
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 44-Gunner
ConstructorJohn SmithBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck133' 6"Imperial Feet40.543 
Length of Keel109' 1 ½"Imperial Feet33.2359 
Breadth37' 9 ½"Imperial Feet11.2903 
Depth in Hold16' 0"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Burthen814 794Tons BM 


5.3.1747/48Broadside Weight = 282 Imperial Pound ( 127.887 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1745280Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

7.3.1747/48 - 28.6.1748CaptainHenry Cosby (c.1719-1753) ADM 6/17/328ADM 6/177.4.1749 - 28.12.1750CaptainThomas Pye (1713-1785) ADM 6/17/453BWAS-17147.5.1755 - 5.1.1758CaptainSamuel Scott (c.1718-1774) ADM 6/18/161BWAS-171412.4.1762 - 14.4.1762CaptainWilliam Hay (c.1734-1801) ADM 6/19/400ADM 6/1914.4.1762 - 16.9.1762CaptainRichard Onslow (1741-1817) ADM 6/19/401BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

8.3.1747/48 - 28.6.1748Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Rodd ADM 6/17/329ADM 6/177.4.1749 - 28.12.1750First LieutenantJohn Williams ADM 6/17/453ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

7.5.1755 - 4.1.1757MasterJohn Drummond (c.1704-1763)PROB11

1 Petty Officer

9.11.1752 - 16.1.1754Master's MateRichard Brathwaite (c.1728-1805) ADM 107/4/268ADM 107/4

Service History

5.3.1747/48building at Bursledon - Hampshire at a cost of £8845.5.0dBWAS-1714
5.3.1747/48Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714

Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth

ADM 106
21.7.1749Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1910.14.1dBWAS-1714
1750Sailed to the West coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
28.12.1750Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth ADM 106
11.1751Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.1752Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1026.10.5dBWAS-1714
1756Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1714
1757Returned homeBWAS-1714

Paid off

4.1762Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
7.1762Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £6495.11.9dBWAS-1714

Bilged and wrecked on the Hazeboro Sands off Great Yarmouth



BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
PROB11England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 Archive
ADM 107/4ADM 107/4 1745-1757 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 26th of April 2014 16:30

Gentleman's Magazine 1762 Vol 32 p. 446
His Majesty's ship, Humber, Capt. Onslow, of 40 guns, convoy to the East country fleet, ran on the south, Haysborough sands, and is entirely lost. The ships laden for the government under her convoy, likewise ran upon the same sands, but their cargo has been saved.

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