Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down24.9.1747BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.9.1748
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassUnicorn Class
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck117' 10"Imperial Feet35.6616 
Length of Keel96' 5 ½"Imperial Feet29.2735 
Breadth33' 8"Imperial Feet10.1261 
Depth in Hold10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Burthen581 5094Tons BM 


10.12.1748Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder

22.9.1756Broadside Weight = 114 Imperial Pound ( 51.699 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
29.4.1747160Design Complement
22.9.1756180 BWAS-1714
11.11.1756200 BWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers

30.9.1748 - 17.1.1748/49CaptainRobert Harland (c.1715-1783) ADM 6/17/387ADM 6/1717.1.1748/49 - 23.1.1753CaptainCharles Proby (d.1799) ADM 6/17/431BWAS-171416.1.1755 - 21.5.1755CaptainSamuel Faulknor (c.1719-1759) ADM 6/18/121BWAS-171421.5.1755 - 6.11.1758CaptainEdward Vernon (1723-1794) ADM 6/18/168BWAS-17146.11.1758 - 30.6.1760CaptainJames Baker (d.1765) ADM 6/19/190
Issued by Thomas Brodrick (1704-1769), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 14.8.1760
30.6.1760 - 18.10.1760CaptainEdward Vernon (1723-1794)BWAS-1714

Service History

10.12.1748building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £12282.0.1dBWAS-1714
10.12.1748Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.2.1748/49Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.1749Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
12.1750Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1750/51Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £389.6.9dBWAS-1714
23.1.1753Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth ADM 6/18


2.1754Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.1754Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1519.6.3dBWAS-1714
29.2.1756Took the Privateer Le Revanche
17.5.1756Action of 17th May 1756
22.9.1756Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
2.12.1756Took the Privateer Le Lis
28.2.1757Took the Unrated L'Entreprenante (16)
14.4.1757Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
18.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay
5.1760Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
8.1760Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4211.6.4dBWAS-1714
18.10.1760Wrecked off the Baltic coast of SwedenBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
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