Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.10.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.1.1758BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRochester - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassCoventry ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Thomas SewardBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up7.1794BWAS-1714


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 


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

10 Ship Commanders

27.1.1758 - 5.8.1761Captain Dudley Digges (d.1779) Transfered ADM 6/18/478BWAS-17145.8.1761 - 4.4.1763Captain Weston Varlo (d.1789) ADM 6/19/338BWAS-17144.4.1763 - 28.8.1766Captain Charles Antrobus (1725-1769) ADM 6/19/478BWAS-171419.1.1774 - 27.7.1779Captain Alan Gardner (1742-1809) ADM 6/21/6BWAS-171427.7.1779 - 3.12.1781Captain William Parker (1740/41-1802) Transfered ADM 6/22/48
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Confirmed 10.11.1779
3.12.1781 - 18.12.1781Captain Brabazon Christian (1755-1789) ADM 6/22/376ADM 6/2218.10.1786 - 12.6.1790Captain Henry Newcome (d.1797) ADM 6/23/361BWAS-171421.9.1790 - 22.11.1790Captain Charles Tyler (1760-1835) ADM 6/24/68ADM 6/2422.11.1790Captain Richard Purvis (d.1802) ADM 6/24/88ADM 6/2417.12.1793Captain Charles Craven ADM 6/24/291ADM 6/24

1 Commissioned Officer

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

Service History

9.2.1758building at Rochester - Kent at a cost of £5276.17.5dBWAS-1714
9.2.1758Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.4.1758Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4085.4.3dBWAS-1714
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
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 Frigate La Guirlande (26)
3.1763Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
27.7.1763Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

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

Paid off

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

Paid off

7.1794Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


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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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