Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.6.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1.1759BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSouthampton ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn QuallettBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Minerve' (1778) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 4"Imperial Feet37.7994 
Length of Keel102' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet31.096 
Breadth34' 11 ½"Imperial Feet10.3759 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward8' 10"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Aft12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen664 2494Tons BM 


17.1.1759Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.3.1756210Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

5.1.1759 - 5.8.1761CaptainAlexander Arthur Hood (1726-1814) ADM 6/19/19ODNB5.8.1761 - 18.2.1762CaptainBenjamin Marlow (d.1795) ADM 6/19/338ADM 6/1918.2.1762 - 3.2.1763CaptainJoseph Peyton (1725-1804) ADM 6/19/387BWAS-171425.9.1770 - 3.10.1774CaptainJohn Brookes (c.1721-1791) ADM 6/20/293BWAS-171419.9.1777 - 22.8.1778CaptainJohn Stott (c.1729-1778)† ADM 6/21/314BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

26.3.1761 - 7.8.1761Second LieutenantCuthbert Baines (1743-1810) ADM 6/19/302ref:980

Service History

17.1.1759building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £6427.10.10dBWAS-1714
3.3.1759fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4369.1.7dBWAS-1714
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
8.1.1761Took the Privateer Ship L'Ecureuil (14)
24.1.1761Took the Fourth Rate Ship of the Line Le Warwick (60) losing 14 killed and 34 wounded from 3 diedBG
7.1761In the Down's squadronBWAS-1714
9.1761Royal escortBWAS-1714
1762Commissioned for North AmericaBWAS-1714
3.2.1763Paid offADM 51
10.1764Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
12.1764Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1625.0.10dBWAS-1714
7.1769Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
1.1770Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2742.6.11dBWAS-1714
9.1770Recommissioned for the Falkland Islands disputeBWAS-1714
10.1770Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
11.1770Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1040.19.9dBWAS-1714
7.5.1771Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

11.1776Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
11.1777Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10559.18.6dBWAS-1714
15.2.1778Sailed for the African coastBWAS-1714
22.8.1778Minerva vs Concorde


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ref:980H.M.S. Falcon Web Site
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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