Nominal Guns50B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned1692B028
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1603
Constructor Robert Lee (d.1698)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild30.7.1714BWAS-1603
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Rochester' (1716) (54)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck125' 6"Imperial Feet38.1061 
Breadth32' 6"Imperial Feet9.8298 
Burthen607Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck125' 5"Imperial Feet38.1051 
Length of Keel107' 0"Imperial Feet32.6136 
Breadth32' 8"Imperial Feet9.8552 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Burthen607 3294Tons BM 


1703Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

6 Commanding Officers

15.3.1692/93 - 22.12.1694Captain Gabriel Hughes (d.1699)BWAS-160314.6.1695 - 23.3.1697/98Captain Robert Kirktown (d.1718) ADM 6/3/62BWAS-160323.3.1697/98 - 12.1.1699/1700Captain Gerard Ellwes ADM 6/5/12BWAS-160322.8.1700 - 13.1.1701/2Captain John Mayne (d.1712) ADM 6/6/46BWAS-160314.1.1701/2 - 2.12.1705Captain Edward Owen (d.1708) ADM 6/6/130BWAS-16039.12.1705 - 18.9.1712Captain John Aldred (c.1670-1740) ADM 6/8/207BWAS-1603

21 Commissioned Officers

1.7.1695 - 5.8.1697Second Lieutenant John Jones (c.1666-?) ADM 6/3/64ADM 6/36.8.1697 - 25.3.1698First Lieutenant Nicholas Gibbon (c.1661-?) ADM 6/4/121
Commission confirmed 3.11.1697
ADM 6/4
6.8.1697 - 22.3.1697/98Second Lieutenant George Tapson (d.1750) ADM 6/4/122
Commission confirmed 3.11.1697
ADM 6/4
23.3.1697/98 - 23.4.1699Second Lieutenant Jordan Sandys (d.1734) ADM 6/5/13ADM 6/526.3.1698 - 23.5.1699First Lieutenant Rupert Billingsley (d.1720) ADM 6/5/13ADM 6/524.4.1699 - 12.1.1699/1700Second Lieutenant John Oake (d.1699) ADM 6/5/44ADM 6/523.5.1699 - 12.1.1699/1700First Lieutenant Jordan Sandys (d.1734) ADM 6/5/54ADM 6/522.8.1700 - 13.1.1702/3First Lieutenant John Tomkin (c.1656-?) ADM 6/6/46ADM 6/622.8.1700 - 16.12.1700Second Lieutenant Robert Hobbs ADM 6/6/46ADM 6/622.8.1700 - 21.11.1700Third Lieutenant Humphrey Foster (d.1703) ADM 6/6/45ADM 6/611.1.1701/2 - 13.1.1702/3Second Lieutenant William Tomm (c.1670-?) ADM 6/6/129ADM 6/614.1.1702/3 - 26.8.1703First Lieutenant William Tomm (c.1670-?) ADM 6/7/77ADM 6/714.1.1702/3 - 15.11.1706Second Lieutenant John Caulke ADM 6/7/77ADM 6/727.8.1703 - 10.10.1705First Lieutenant Edward Gregory (c.1670-?) ADM 6/8/14ADM 6/811.10.1705 - 15.11.1706First Lieutenant William Carr ADM 6/8/196ADM 6/816.11.1706 - 1707First Lieutenant John Caulke ADM 6/9/27ADM 6/916.11.1706 - 17.4.1709Second Lieutenant Thomas Helby ADM 6/9/27ADM 6/918.4.1709 - 11.9.1710Second Lieutenant William Miller (d.1749) ADM 6/10/55ADM 6/1020.2.1710/11 - 8.4.1712Second Lieutenant George Beale ADM 6/11/114ADM 6/119.4.1712 - 25.8.1712Second Lieutenant John Bray (c.1672-1750) ADM 6/11/204ADM 6/1126.8.1712 - 18.9.1712Second Lieutenant Thomas Slade (c.1673-?) ADM 6/11/221ADM 6/11

3 Warrant Officers

22.8.1700 - 26.1.1700/1Midshipman Extra John Power ADM 6/6/46ADM 6/616.11.1700 - 19.7.1701Midshipman Extra Covill Mayne (c.1674-1746) ADM 6/6/48ADM 6/616.11.1700 - 20.10.1701Midshipman Extra Robert Brown ADM 6/6/48ADM 6/6

Service History

1695Sailed to the Mediterranean with a Turkey convoyBWAS-1603
9.1697Took a French 24-gun frigateBWAS-1603
12.1.1699/1700Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard ADM 106
1701Guardship at Chatham, sailing to Guinea laterBWAS-1603
11.6.1702Took the Frégate Légère La Gracieuse (18)
1705In the SoundingsBWAS-1603
4.1705Took a French Privateer of 24-guns during a fight of 5 hours. The privateer was Dutch built and had been taken two years earlier on the Dogger BankBG
1.5.1705Brought a retaken ship, the Richard and Sarah into DartmouthBG
1708In the North SeaBWAS-1603
1709In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1710Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1603
1712Small Repair at KinsaleBWAS-1603
30.7.1714Docked at Deptford to be broken up for rebuildingBWAS-1603


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Posted by Brian on Saturday 23rd of January 2016 11:53

London Gazette 1696, Cadiz, Aug. 12 - On the 2d of this month Captain Kirkton, Commander of the Rochester Man of War, took off Cape Spartell a French ship of 250 tun, and 20 guns, bound from Marseilles to Martinico, laden with all sorts of necessaries for that Island.

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