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Nominal Guns40BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Launceston' (1711) (42)
First Commissioned29.7.1728
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth B028
Ship Class1706 Establishment 42-Gunner
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 2"Imperial Feet37.7973 
Length of Keel102' 0"Imperial Feet31.0896 
Breadth33' 4"Imperial Feet10.0923 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen602 2894Tons BM 


8.8.1728Broadside Weight = 180 Imperial Pound ( 81.63 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719190Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

29.7.1728 - 7.7.1730CaptainThe Hon. John Byng (1704-1757) ADM 6/14/213BWAS-17148.7.1730 - 2.7.1731CaptainDigby Dent (d.1737) ADM 6/14/54ADM 6/143.7.1731 - 7.9.1731CaptainCharles Cotterel (d.1754) ADM 6/14/84BWAS-17141734 - 4.3.1733/34CaptainJohn Trevor (d.1741)BWAS-17145.3.1733/34 - 29.12.1736CaptainThomas Bradley (d.1741) ADM 6/14/172BWAS-1714

11 Commissioned Officers

27.7.1728 - 6.7.1730Second LieutenantThomas Limeburner (d.1750) ADM 6/14/212ADM 6/1327.7.1728 - 6.7.1730Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Harrison (d.1749) ADM 6/14/212ADM 6/1329.7.1728 - 7.7.1730First LieutenantThomas Griffin (1692-1771) ADM 6/14/213ODNB8.7.1730 - 7.9.1731First LieutenantHumphrey Haycocke ADM 6/14/54ADM 6/148.7.1730 - 7.9.1731Second LieutenantJames Master (d.1747) ADM 6/14/54ADM 6/148.7.1730 - 2.7.1731Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Murray (d.1785) ADM 6/14/54ADM 6/145.7.1731 - 13.6.1732Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsEdmund Strange (d.1756) ADM 6/14/84ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 30.9.1736First LieutenantHenry Herbert (d.c.1740) ADM 6/15/169ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 30.9.1736Second LieutenantWilliam Bowyer ADM 6/15/169ADM 6/141.10.1736 - 29.12.1736First LieutenantJohn Lovett (d.1758) ADM 6/15/38ADM 6/151.10.1736 - 30.12.1736Second LieutenantThomas Cleland (d.1759) ADM 6/15/38ADM 6/15

1 Petty Officer

6.11.1733 - 29.12.1734MidshipmanMarriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3

1 Crewman

26.10.1730 - 31.12.1731Able SeamanGeorge Rawlings (c.1710-?) ADM 107/3/296ADM107/3

Service History

1726Began rebuilding at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
8.8.1728Completed rebuilding at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7631.11.8dBWAS-1714
1729Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1730Paid offBWAS-1714
1731Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.9.1731Paid off at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham ADM 106
1735Service in home watersBWAS-1714
1736fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
29.12.1736Bilged on the Hinder Sands, off Holland losing 16 men drownedBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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