Maidstone

5229
Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered3.9.1756BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.10.1756BWAS-1714
Launched9.2.1758BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.1.1758
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRochester BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCoventry Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas SewardBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up7.1794BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck118' 4"Imperial Feet35.972 
Length of Keel97' 5"Imperial Feet29.5837 
Breadth33' 10"Imperial Feet10.0584 
Depth in Hold10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Burthen593 1494Tons BM 

Armament


9.2.1758Broadside 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

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.1.1758 - 5.8.1761CaptainDudley Digges (d.1779) ADM 6/18/478BWAS-17145.8.1761 - 4.4.1763CaptainWeston Varlo (d.1789) ADM 6/19/338BWAS-17144.4.1763 - 28.8.1766CaptainCharles Antrobus (1725-1769) ADM 6/19/478BWAS-171419.1.1774 - 27.7.1779CaptainAlan Gardner (1742-1809) ADM 6/21/6BWAS-171427.7.1779 - 18.12.1781CaptainSir William Parker (1740/41-1802) ADM 6/22/48
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Commission confirmed 10.11.1779
BWAS-1714
8.1786 - 12.6.1790CaptainHenry Newcome (d.1797)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
21.8.1759 - 22.1.1761First LieutenantThomas Montague (d.1786) ADM 6/19/88ref:849

Service History


DateEventSource
9.2.1758building at Rochester at a cost of £5276.17.5dBWAS-1714
9.2.1758Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.4.1758Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £4085.4.3dBWAS-1714
20.7.1758Took the Privateer Le Dange
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
1761Downs squadronBWAS-1714
1761Took the Privateer Le Vainqueur (10) cut out by boats in Cumberland Harbour
18.12.1761Took the Privateer La Belle Madeleine
18.8.1762Took the Sixth Rate Frigate La Guirlande (26)
3.1763Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
27.7.1763Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
28.8.1766

Paid off

BWAS-1714
6.1771Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1773Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4064.17.8dBWAS-1714
1.1774RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1774Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1774Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £1972.18.7dBWAS-1714
16.4.1774Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1775At JamaicaBWAS-1714
1776At JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.10.1777Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
20.4.1778Took the Privateer Schooner Greenwich (12)
22.7.1778Encounter at Sandy Hook
6.9.1778Took the Privateer Sloop Fly (4)
19.9.1779Took the Privateer General Glover
11.1779Began coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £5465.16.3dBWAS-1714
3.3.1780Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
23.6.1780Took the Privateer Brig Saratoga (12)
23.5.1781Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.7.1781Took the Privateer Brigantine Oliver Cromwell (16)
2.8.1781Took the Privateer Brig Lion (10)
5.8.1781Took the Privateer Brig Montgomery (8)
18.12.1781

Paid off

BWAS-1714
2.1782SurveyedBWAS-1714
1.1783Began great repair at UnknownBWAS-1714
6.1783Completed great repairBWAS-1714
7.1786Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1786RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1786Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £4749.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1.1787Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
28.6.1790

Paid off

BWAS-1714
7.1794Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:849A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831Samantha CavellThesis
 

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Posted by Brian on Monday 26th of May 2014 23:21

Letter from Captain Gardner of the Maidstone, off Antigua, Dec. 22, 1778
I have the honour to acquaint you of my arrival off English Harbour, with his Majesty's ship Maidston, under my command; and I have the pleasure to inform you, that, on the 3rd of November following about one o'clock in the morning, being in the Lat. 35, 40 N. Long. 75, 50 W. 64 leagues E.S.E. from Cape Henry, we dicovered a ship in the N.W. quarter, standing to the eastward, with the wind at West. I immediately gave chase, and prepared the ship for action; at half past three got up close along side the chase, who hoisted French colours; and we began to engage. At half past four o'clock, having sustained considerable damage in our sails and rigging, I judged it necessary to bring to, to repair the latter, and furled in the main sail which was cut to pieces by the langrage of the enemy. At day-break we discovered another ship to windward, bearing down upon us, which I supposed to be a consort of the ship we had engaged in the night, who at this time was about two miles to leeward of me under her topsails. At nine the ship to windward brought to, and made a private signal; but finding we did not answer it, at ten she made sail, and stood by the wind to southward, upon which I wore, and made sail after my antagonist (who had put before the wind under his topsails and foresails) and at noon brought him to action, and continued the engagement till near one o'clock, when the enemy struck, and proved to be the Lyon, a French ship of 40 guns, (viz.) 28 twelve pounders on her main deck, 6 six pounders on her quarter deck and 6 four pounders on her forecastle, maned with 216 men, and commanded by Captain Jean Mitchell, from Virginia to L'Orient, having on board upwards of 1300 hogsheads of tobacco. During the action we had 4 men killed and 9 wounded, one of which is since dead. The enemy had 8 men killed and 18 wounded. We received considerable damage in our mast, yards, and rigging; and when the enemy struck we had above four feet water in our hold. A. Gardner

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