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Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.10.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCoventry Class (1756)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1781
John GorillBritish
Ship Builder
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck118' 4"Imperial Feet35.972 
Length of Keel97' 7 ¼"Imperial Feet29.572 
Breadth33' 8 ½"Imperial Feet10.0711 
Depth in Hold10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Burthen589 8594Tons BM 


10.2.1758Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1756200Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

17.2.1758 - 30.8.1762Captain
Richard KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1780
ADM 6/18/487
30.8.1762 - 3.1764Captain
Edward ClarkBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1764
† Discharged Dead ADM 6/19/433
20.6.1765 - 14.12.1765Captain
John CornerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1770
Transfered ADM 6/20/78
3.3.1767 - 2.3.1772Captain
Richard BrathwaiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1801
ADM 6/20/158
5.7.1775 - 11.2.1778Captain
Henry BellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1779
ADM 6/21/101

1 Petty Officer

1.10.1767 - 2.3.1772Master's Mate
Cuthbert CollingwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1802

Service History

10.2.1758building at Liverpool - Lancashire at a cost of £4910.8.0dBWAS-1714
10.2.1758Began fitting at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
26.7.1758Completed fitting at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
6.3.1760Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1762Man's squadron off BrestBWAS-1714
25.4.1762Took the Snow
Le Grand Amiral (10) 1762-1762
French 10 Gun
Privateer Snow
off Mizenhead and carried in Cork
20.1.1763Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
3.1766Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
4.1767Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £10240.13.6dBWAS-1714
17.5.1767Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
30.4.1768Sailed for MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

10.1772Began large repair at Chatham - Kent BWAS-1714
8.1774Completed large repair at Chatham - Kent at a cost of £10567.1.10dBWAS-1714
14.9.1775Sailed for AmericaBWAS-1714
9.5.1777Sailed for AmericaBWAS-1714
10.1777Operations in the DelawareBWAS-1714
11.2.1778Wrecked in Jamaica Bay, Long IslandBWAS-1714


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Posted by Randal Tart on Monday 6th of June 2022 12:24

Never mind my previous post. I was mistaking Privateer Liverpool for the HMS Liverpool, which wrecked on Long Island. As far as I can tell, Privateer Liverpool never shipwrecked. My bad!

Posted by Randal Tart on Monday 6th of June 2022 01:22

In the last half of 1780, my 4xGreat Grandfather, Thomas Tart, Sr, served on the American privateer Jay -- which was formerly the Liverpool -- under the command of Captains John Douglass and Herman Coulter. On his only privateer voyage, the Jay sailed to St Eustatius, capturing a British merchant ship while en route. Question: how was the Liverpool salvaged from Long Island and converted to the Jay in two years, with the British "owning" NYC and its harbor?

Posted by Brian on Sunday 3rd of January 2016 22:01

Sunday last sailed from hence his Majesty's frigate Liverpool, of 28 guns, Capt. Bellew, bound for America, she is to stop at Blackstakes to take in her powder and guns. Edinburgh Ad. Aug 29, 1775

Posted by Thomas Ruggiero on Thursday 21st of March 2013 07:14

I am building a model of Liverpool. I have the admiralty plans but I could not locate anything about the figurehead or other decoration. Any thoughts on where I might research this?

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