Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.5.1760BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.6.1761
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas WestBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck130' 6"Imperial Feet39.6291 
Length of Keel108' 1 ½"Imperial Feet32.9311 
Breadth35' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet10.6871 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Forward9' 3"Imperial Feet2.8194 
Draught Aft12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Burthen717 1694Tons BM 


5.6.1761Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
24.4.1760220Design Complement

18 Commanding Officers

16.6.1761 - 11.4.1763CaptainWalter Stirling (1718-1786) ADM 6/19/323BWAS-171411.4.1763 - 31.3.1765CaptainJames Baker (d.1765)† ADM 6/19/481BWAS-17142.11.1764 - 31.3.1765LieutenantAbraham Duane (1718-c.1767) ADM 354/177/166ADM3541.4.1765 - 25.1.1766CaptainThomas Knowler (c.1712-1783) ADM 6/20/120
Issued by Richard Tyrrell (1691-1766), Barbados
Commission confirmed 13.5.1766
ADM 12/27B
25.1.1766 - 7.8.1766CaptainJoseph Norwood (c.1725-1793) ADM 6/20/133
Issued by Richard Tyrrell (1691-1766), Barbados
Commission confirmed 19.8.1766
15.6.1769 - 12.5.1773CaptainRobert Carkett (c.1719-1780) ADM 6/20/243BWAS-17141.3.1777 - 2.5.1779CaptainWilliam Locker (1731-1800) ADM 6/21/262BWAS-17142.5.1779 - 1.11.1781CaptainChristopher Parker (1752-1804) ADM 6/22/426
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 16.3.1782
1.11.1780 - 20.5.1781CaptainThomas Haynes (c.1732-1789) ADM 6/22/404
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 28.1.1782
1781 - 1782CaptainGeorge Stoney (c.1740-1786)BWAS-17141782 - 26.7.1782CaptainThe Hon. Thomas Windsor (1752-1832)BWAS-171410.1787 - 8.1790CaptainEdmund Dodd (1734-1815)BWAS-17148.1790 - 26.11.1790CaptainRobert Stopford (1768-1847)BWAS-171412.1792 - 3.1794CaptainWilliam Wolseley (1756-1842)BWAS-17143.1794 - 4.1794CaptainBenjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)BWAS-17144.1794 - 9.1794CaptainCharles Cunningham (d.1834)BWAS-17149.1794 - 12.1795CaptainRobert Gambier MiddletonBWAS-171412.1795 - 11.8.1801CaptainRobert Plampin (1762-1834)BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

10.4.1777 - 7.1777Second LieutenantHoratio Nelson (1758-1805) ADM 6/21/276NAO2.7.1778 - 25.12.1778Second LieutenantCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO

4 Petty Officers

10.1787 - 8.1793MidshipmanJames John Charles Agassiz (1772-1858)NBD18491795MidshipmanEdward LibbyADM 171/81795Sailmaker's MateThomas KempADM 171/816.1.1796 - 1797MidshipmanGeorge BarnardNBD1849

3 Crewmen

1795Able SeamanJohn SmithADM 171/81795Able SeamanGeorge SalvadoreADM 171/817952nd Class BoyW GibsonADM 171/8

Service History

5.6.1761building at Deptford at a cost of £7715.1.10dBWAS-1714
1.8.1761fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £4281.7.8dBWAS-1714

Paid off

12.1766Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1767Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £3703.4.10dBWAS-1714
1.10.1769Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

6.1776Began large repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1777Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
26.3.1777Took the Unrated Schooner Resolution (14)
4.1777Completed large repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £12016.4.10dBWAS-1714
7.1779coppering at Jamaica BWAS-1714
15.9.1779Capture of Omoa

Paid off

7.1783Began great repair at Limehouse BWAS-1714
3.1786Completed great repair at Limehouse at a cost of £15526.5.3dBWAS-1714
10.1787fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2672.0.0dBWAS-1714
16.5.1788Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

7.1792Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1793Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £7940.0.0dBWAS-1714

Sailed for the Mediterranean

14.3.1795Action off Genoa
24.6.1795Action of 1795-06-24
24.6.1795Took the Fifth Rate Frigate La Minerve (42) off Minorca

Paid off

11.1798Began repairs at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1799Completed repairs at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £9188.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.3.1799Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.8.1801Wrecked off Little Inagua Island losing 5 men drownedBWAS-1714

Notes on Ship


Captain Baker was absent sick from Nov 1764 until his death, Lieut. Duane of the Princess Louisa acting as captain.

Payment requestADM354

Henry Cort has applied for an order for the payment of the late Captain Baker's wages for the Lowestoffe to the time of his death, as his absence from his duty between the 2nd November 1764 to the 31st March 1765, when Lieutenant Abraham Duane is borne on her books, was caused by sickness. How he is borne on the books. As Captain Baker is mustered with leave from Admiral Tyrrell the whole time but 1 month, at sick quarters and the acting Captain has been paid as Lieutenant of his proper ship, the Princess Louisa, opine Captain Baker should be paid for the whole time


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I have building an exact copy of Lowestoffe from admiralty plans for many years, on 1/4 scale using pear wood. i am very happy to find this info on your site, thank you.

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