Mars

5281
Nominal Guns64BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Mars' (1740) (64)
Captured11.10.1746BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.3.1747BWAS-1714
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
Ship ClassMars ClassNNF-1715
ConstructorJoseph-Louis OllivierNNF-1715
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked24.6.1755BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck159' 3"Imperial Feet48.4645 
Length of Keel128' 10 ⅜"Imperial Feet39.0239 
Breadth44' 9 ¼"Imperial Feet13.4176 
Depth in Hold18' 4"Imperial Feet5.4991 
Burthen1,373 8894Tons BM 

Armament


3.1746/47Broadside Weight = 510 Imperial Pound ( 231.285 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1746/47470 BWAS-1714

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
30.3.1747 - 22.7.1747CaptainEdward Hawke (1704/5-1781) ADM 6/17/213ODNB17.7.1747 - 20.11.1752CaptainFrederick Rogers (c.1716-1775): on board from 22.7.1747 ADM 6/17/247BWAS-171416.1.1753 - 24.6.1755CaptainJohn Amherst (1718-1778): on board from 22.1.1753 ADM 6/18/54BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
30.3.1747 - 24.12.1747Third LieutenantGeorge Wood ADM 6/17/213ADM 6/1730.3.1747 - 20.11.1752Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsStephen Sargent ADM 6/17/213ADM 6/1710.7.1747 - 24.12.1747Second LieutenantJames Slorach (c.1720-1764) ADM 6/17/242ADM 6/1924.12.1747 - 8.11.1751First LieutenantJames Slorach (c.1720-1764) ADM 6/17/301ADM 6/1724.12.1747 - 20.11.1752Second LieutenantGeorge Wood ADM 6/17/301ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
29.10.1746Docked at PlymouthBWAS-1714
3.1746/47Began great repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
9.3.1746/47Purchased and registeredBWAS-1714
19.5.1747EstablishedBWAS-1714
6.1748Completed great repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £16031.12.6dBWAS-1714
8.7.1748Ordered reduced to a guardshipBWAS-1714
1749Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1750Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1751Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1752Carrying troops to MinorcaBWAS-1714
20.11.1752

Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard

ADM 6/18
1.1753Recommissioned as a guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
22.4.1755Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
24.6.1755

Wrecked at Halifax

BWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
27.4.1755-4.11.1755Fleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761) 

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1715Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by David Eckert on Saturday 31st of August 2019 01:01

Apologies My computer refreshed and sent the note again.


Posted by David Eckert on Saturday 31st of August 2019 01:00

I believe the Mars wrecked on June 24th when they made it to Halifax, not July 24. A letter of June 28, 1755: By Letters received from Rear-Admiral Holburne, Account of his Majesty's Ship the Mars, of seventy Guns, was unfortunately lost at the Mouth of that Harbour, by the Fault of the Pilot; but the Crew and Guns were saved... As soon as the other Ships there, under his Command, are watered and refitted, he will return with them to join Vice-Admiral. Boscawen's Squadron. The two French Ships, the Alcide and the Lys, are, with the Prisoners, in this Harbour.


Posted by Cy on Friday 30th of August 2019 19:19

Winfield has July, but everyone else gives June. So looks like you are correct. I've changed the date.


Posted by David Eckert on Friday 30th of August 2019 18:53

I believe the Mars wrecked on June 24th when they made it to Halifax, not July 24. A letter of June 28, 1755: By Letters received from Rear-Admiral Holburne, Account of his Majesty's Ship the Mars, of seventy Guns, was unfortunately lost at the Mouth of that Harbour, by the Fault of the Pilot; but the Crew and Guns were saved... As soon as the other Ships there, under his Command, are watered and refitted, he will return with them to join Vice-Admiral. Boscawen's Squadron. The two French Ships, the Alcide and the Lys, are, with the Prisoners, in this Harbour.

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