Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down26.1.1740/41BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.1.1741/42BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 44-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas SnelgroveBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 4 ½"Imperial Feet37.8079 
Length of Keel101' 3 ⅝"Imperial Feet30.8007 
Breadth35' 8"Imperial Feet10.7086 
Depth in Hold14' 6 ½"Imperial Feet4.2799 
Burthen685 4694Tons BM 


29.12.1741Broadside Weight = 222 Imperial Pound ( 100.677 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733250Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers

4.1.1741/42 - 7.9.1742CaptainLord George Carnegie (6th Earl of Northesk) (1716-1792) ADM 6/16/1BWAS-17148.9.1742 - 3.4.1743CaptainDigby Dent (1710-1761) ADM 6/16/96ADM 6/164.4.1743 - 5.2.1743/44CaptainAshby Utting (d.1745/46) ADM 6/16/166BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

6.1.1741/42 - 21.4.1742First LieutenantRobert Watkins (d.1746) ADM 6/16/1ADM 6/15

Service History

29.12.1741building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £6949.10.0dBWAS-1714
29.12.1741Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
3.4.1742Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4403.7.7dBWAS-1714
7.7.1742With the Deal Castle (20) off VigoBWAS-1714
19.7.1742Attempt to cut out privateers from Ponta novaBWAS-1714
5.2.1743/44Bilged and lost on a cay (now Looe Cay) in the Bahamas, off Cape FloridaBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Saturday 31st of May 2014 21:17

Whitehall, Aug 31, 1742
The Earl of Nortbesk, Capt. of his Majesty's ship Loo, being on a cruize of Cape Finisterre, and the parts adjacent, received intelligence of a small privateer being at Porto Novo, upon which he stood in there on the 30th of June, but the privateer discovering him, got higher up the river than the Loo could venture, and it falling calm, Ld Norfolk was obliged to anchor close to the towns of Porto Nova and St Jago, into which he fired a few shot, then landed some men and dismounted four guns which were on a battery at Porto Nova and set fire to several houses at St. Jago. On July 7, Lord Nortbesk met with his Majesty's ship Dealcastle commanded by Capt. Elton, and receiving intelligence of some vessels being at Vigo, the run up the river and anchored before that town, where they made prizes of four vessels, 2 of which they set on fire, being light, and not having sails on board to bring them out. They fired several shot into the town, to cover the boats while they cut away the vessels, there being a pretty smart fire at them with small arms from the shore. On July 19, upon intelligence that the privateer was still about the river of Porto Nova, the Loo run in and anchored under the Island of Blydones, where Lord Nortbesk put a Lieutenant, and 60 men, with 2 of his ships six pounders, into a sloop taken at Vigo and sent her up the river in quest of the privateer; the sloop could see nothing of her, but in her return, chased a Bark on shore, and set her on fire, and Lord Nortbesk landed some men and burnt a village of about 40 houses.

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