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Rochester

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Nominal Guns50B028
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered28.6.1692BWAS-1603
Launched15.3.1692/93BWAS-1603
First Commissioned1692B028
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1603
Constructor
Robert LeeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1681-1698
BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the LineB028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up to Rebuild30.7.1714BWAS-1603
Becomes
British Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Rochester' (1716) (54) 1716-1748
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1744 Renamed "Maidstone"

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
15.3.1692/93 - 22.12.1694Captain
Gabriel HughesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1699
BWAS-1603
14.6.1695 - 23.3.1697/98Captain
Robert KirktownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1711
ADM 6/3/62
BWAS-1603
23.3.1697/98 - 12.1.1699/1700Captain
Gerard EllwesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1711
ADM 6/5/12
BWAS-1603
22.8.1700 - 13.1.1701/2Captain
John MayneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1704
ADM 6/6/46
BWAS-1603
14.1.1701/2 - 2.12.1705Captain
Edward OwenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1701
Transfered ADM 6/6/130
BWAS-1603
9.12.1705 - 18.9.1712Captain
John AldredBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1684-1712
ADM 6/8/207
BWAS-1603

21 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.7.1695 - 5.8.1697Second Lieutenant
John JonesBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1682-1697
ADM 6/3/64
ADM 6/3
6.8.1697 - 25.3.1698First Lieutenant
Nicholas GibbonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1677-1705
ADM 6/4/121
Confirmed 3.11.1697
ADM 6/4
6.8.1697 - 22.3.1697/98Second Lieutenant
George TapsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1726
ADM 6/4/122
Confirmed 3.11.1697
ADM 6/4
23.3.1697/98 - 23.4.1699Second Lieutenant
Jordan SandysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1717
ADM 6/5/13
ADM 6/5
26.3.1698 - 23.5.1699First Lieutenant
Rupert BillingsleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1716
ADM 6/5/13
ADM 6/5
24.4.1699 - 12.1.1699/1700Second Lieutenant
John OakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1687-1798
ADM 6/5/44
ADM 6/5
23.5.1699 - 12.1.1699/1700First Lieutenant
Jordan SandysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1717
ADM 6/5/54
ADM 6/5
22.8.1700 - 13.1.1702/3First Lieutenant
John TomkinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1675-1712
ADM 6/6/46
ADM 6/6
22.8.1700 - 16.12.1700Second Lieutenant
Robert HobbsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1677-1702
ADM 6/6/46
ADM 6/6
22.8.1700 - 21.11.1700Third Lieutenant
Humphrey FosterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1703
Transfered ADM 6/6/45
ADM 6/6
11.1.1701/2 - 13.1.1702/3Second Lieutenant
William TommBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1716
ADM 6/6/129
ADM 6/6
14.1.1702/3 - 26.8.1703First Lieutenant
William TommBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1716
ADM 6/7/77
ADM 6/7
14.1.1702/3 - 15.11.1706Second Lieutenant
John CaulkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1701-1707
ADM 6/7/77
ADM 6/7
27.8.1703 - 10.10.1705First Lieutenant
Edward GregoryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1718
Transfered ADM 6/8/14
ADM 6/8
11.10.1705 - 15.11.1706First Lieutenant
William CarrBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1699-1718
ADM 6/8/196
ADM 6/8
16.11.1706 - 1707First Lieutenant
John CaulkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1701-1707
ADM 6/9/27
ADM 6/9
16.11.1706 - 17.4.1709Second Lieutenant
Thomas HelbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1709
ADM 6/9/27
ADM 6/9
18.4.1709 - 11.9.1710Second Lieutenant
William MillerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1703-1729
Transfered ADM 6/10/55
ADM 6/10
20.2.1710/11 - 8.4.1712Second Lieutenant
George BealeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1703-1734
Transfered ADM 6/11/114
ADM 6/11
9.4.1712 - 25.8.1712Second Lieutenant
John BrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1694-1715
ADM 6/11/204
ADM 6/11
26.8.1712 - 18.9.1712Second Lieutenant
Thomas SladeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1717
ADM 6/11/221
ADM 6/11

7 Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.9.1695 - 1695Purser
Edward NicholsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
ADM 6/3/76
ADM 6/3
1696Purser
Hugh GaineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696
ADM 6/4/24
ADM 6/4
1697 - 30.5.1697Carpenter
Thomas HawkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697
ADM 6/4/101
ADM 6/4
1697 - 31.5.1697Cook
James HyamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697
Transfered ADM 6/4/101
ADM 6/4
22.8.1700 - 26.1.1700/1Midshipman Extra
John PowerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1703
Transfered ADM 6/6/46
ADM 6/6
16.11.1700 - 19.7.1701Midshipman Extra
Covill MayneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1741
Transfered ADM 6/6/48
ADM 6/6
16.11.1700 - 20.10.1701Midshipman Extra
Robert BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1705
ADM 6/6/48
ADM 6/6

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1695 - 19.9.1695Volunteer
Benjamin JonesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
Transfered ADM 6/3/80
ADM 6/3
25.8.1695 - 1695Volunteer
Francis BowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1697
: on board from 25.11.1695 ADM 6/3/159
ADM 6/3
25.8.1695 - 1695Volunteer
Sidney MountagueBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695
: on board from 30.11.1695 ADM 6/3/159
ADM 6/3
26.5.1697 - 1697Volunteer
Thomas BevisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697
ADM 6/4/99
ADM 6/4

Service History


DateEventSource
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 Frigate
La Gracieuse (18) 1702-1702
French 18 Gun
6th Rate Frigate (Frégate Légère)

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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