Lion

5111
Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.9.1735BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down23.2.1735/36BWAS-1714
Launched8.8.1738BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.7.1738
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 60-Gunner
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold14.3.1765BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck144' 0"Imperial Feet43.8912 
Length of Keel116' 7"Imperial Feet35.3679 
Breadth41' 5"Imperial Feet12.6238 
Depth in Hold17' 2"Imperial Feet5.1889 
Burthen1,067 1794Tons BM 

Armament


8.8.1738Broadside Weight = 435 Imperial Pound ( 197.2725 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

4.1745Broadside Weight = 462 Imperial Pound ( 209.517 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1733400Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
14.7.1738 - 4.12.1738CaptainJohn Hildesley (d.1771) ADM 6/15/131BWAS-171412.6.1739 - 26.8.1740CaptainWilliam Smith (d.1756) ADM 6/15/184BWAS-171426.8.1740 - 24.10.1743CaptainCharles Cotterel (d.1754) ADM 6/15/325BWAS-171422.4.1745 - 10.8.1746CaptainPiercy Brett (c.1710-1781) ADM 6/16/467BWAS-171411.8.1746 - 25.1.1747/48CaptainArthur Scott (d.1756) ADM 6/17/139ADM 6/1725.1.1747/48 - 5.3.1747/48CaptainCharles Watson (1714-1757) ADM 6/17/314ADM 6/175.3.1747/48 - 23.12.1748CaptainEdward Jekyll (d.1776) ADM 6/17/328BWAS-171425.7.1758 - 23.7.1759CaptainSir William Trelawny (c.1722-1772) ADM 6/18/528BWAS-171423.7.1759 - 31.8.1762CaptainSir Edward Le Cras (d.1784) ADM 6/19/209
Issued by John Moore (1717/18-1779)
Commission confirmed 19.11.1760
BWAS-1714
31.8.1762 - 15.12.1762CaptainJohn Knight (d.1788) ADM 6/19/434ADM 6/19

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
12.5.1748 - 23.12.1748Rear-Admiral of the BlueCharles Watson (1714-1757)BWAS-1714

10 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
14.7.1738 - 4.12.1738First LieutenantWilliam Henry Bruce (d.1742) ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1514.7.1738 - 4.12.1738Second LieutenantAlexander Gordon (d.1743) ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1512.6.1739 - 3.3.1739/40First LieutenantWilliam Henry Bruce (d.1742) ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/1513.1.1739/40 - 5.10.1741Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWagden Wood (d.c.1745) ADM 6/15/314
Commission confirmed 22.7.1740
ADM 6/15
28.8.1742 - 24.10.1743Second LieutenantCharles Graham (d.1745) ADM 6/16/259
Commission confirmed 14.1.1742/43
ADM 6/16
22.4.1745 - 5.8.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsArchibald Seaton ADM 6/16/467ADM 6/166.8.1745 - 20.8.1746Second LieutenantArchibald Seaton ADM 6/16/523ADM 6/162.1.1747/48 - 1.2.1747/48Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsBenjamin Neilson ADM 6/17/306ADM 6/1713.8.1748 - 23.12.1748First LieutenantPeter Rawlings ADM 6/17/420
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 6.12.1748
ADM 6/17
13.8.1748 - 23.12.1748Second LieutenantJohn Skinner ADM 6/17/418
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 3.12.1748
ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1738

Commissioned for home waters

BWAS-1714
8.8.1738Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £18761.13.8dBWAS-1714
4.12.1738

Paid off

BWAS-1714
12.6.1739

Recommissioned for home waters

BWAS-1714
16.7.1740

In collision with <IDShip=14=ID>

BWAS-1714
26.10.1740

Sailed for the West Indies

BWAS-1714
4.3.1740/41Operations against Cartagena
1742At JamaicaBWAS-1714
1743At JamaicaBWAS-1714
24.10.1743Paid offADM 51
1.1744Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1745Refitted as a 58 gun Third Rate Ship of the Line BWAS-1714
23.4.1745

Handed out of the dock

Woolwich Dockyard
ADM 51
5.1745Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £30146.5.3dBWAS-1714
29.6.1745Took the Privateer Corvette La Naiade (12) about 7 leagues to the Southward of the Isle of Wight and carried in PlymouthBG
9.7.1745Lion v L'Elizabeth
9.9.1745Took the Unrated Corvette La Maligne (6)
1746In the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1714
20.6.1747Action of 1747-06-20
14.10.17472nd Battle of Cape Finisterre
1748In North AmericaBWAS-1714
23.12.1748Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard ADM 106
8.1.1748/49

Surveyed

BWAS-1714
10.1757Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
28.10.1757SurveyedBWAS-1714
10.1758Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £13200.3.8dBWAS-1714
13.11.1758

Sailed for the Leeward Islands

BWAS-1714
16.1.1759Attack on Martinique
20.1.1759Capture of Guadeloupe
1760In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
20.7.1760Took the Privateer Bon Laron
1761Off BrestBWAS-1714
1762Troop convoy to LisbonBWAS-1714
25.2.1762Took the Privateer L'Ecureuil (10)
12.8.1762Took the Privateer Le Sans Souci
1.9.1762Took the Fifth Rate Frégate-Vaisseau de 2ème Ordre (Demi-Batterie) Le Zéphyr (28)
15.12.1762Paid offADM 51
3.2.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
12.2.1765Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
14.3.1765Sold at Chatham for £850BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
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
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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