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Nominal Guns54BWAS-1603
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned26.9.1712B028
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford B028
Ship Class1706 Establishment 54-GunnerB028
ConstructorJoseph Allin (d.1716)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck130' 8"Imperial Feet39.6308 
Length of Keel108' 1"Imperial Feet32.9216 
Breadth35' 3"Imperial Feet10.6832 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen714 3494Tons BM 


8.7.1712Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

5.1745Broadside Weight = 252 Imperial Pound ( 114.282 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1693280Design Complement

16 Commanding Officers

26.9.1712 - 20.11.1714CaptainLord Kenneth Sutherland (1679-1733/34) ADM 6/11/224ADM 6/1121.11.1714 - 4.4.1716CaptainThomas Gordon (c.1658-1740/41) ADM 6/12/42
Commission confirmed 6.5.1715
16.5.1719 - 19.8.1720CaptainWilliam Owen (d.1722) ADM 6/12/169BWAS-160325.1.1725/26 - 12.2.1726/27CaptainCharles Browne (c.1678-1753) ADM 6/13/99BWAS-160313.2.1726/27 - 11.8.1727CaptainWilliam Martin (c.1696-1756) ADM 6/13/133BWAS-160311.8.1727 - 23.5.1728CaptainWilliam Martin (c.1696-1756) ADM 6/13/149ADM 6/1324.5.1728 - 1.4.1729CaptainWilliam Miller (d.1749) ADM 6/14/207ADM 6/132.4.1729 - 29.11.1733CaptainWilliam Martin (c.1696-1756) ADM 6/14/20ADM 6/1428.7.1738 - 11.6.1739CaptainThomas Trefusis (1687-1754) ADM 6/15/134BWAS-160310.8.1739 - 14.2.1740/41CaptainChristopher Oates (d.1740/41) ADM 6/15/210BWAS-160328.4.1741 - 26.2.1741/42CaptainCharles Bargrave (1686-1755): on board from 2.5.1741 ADM 6/15/413BWAS-160325.2.1741/42 - 18.4.1744CaptainElliott Smith (d.1769) ADM 6/16/18ref:55918.6.1745 - 9.1.1745/46CaptainThomas Hanway (c.1715-1772) ADM 6/16/495ADM 6/1610.1.1745/46 - 11.9.1747CaptainEdward Rich (d.1753) ADM 6/17/41BWAS-160311.9.1747 - 1.8.1748CaptainEdward Clarke (c.1708-1779) ADM 6/17/266BWAS-16031.8.1748 - 19.1.1748/49CaptainRobert Erskine (d.1766) ADM 6/17/445
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 28.12.1749
ADM 6/17

30 Commissioned Officers

26.9.1712 - 29.9.1712First LieutenantJohn Crew ADM 6/11/224ADM 6/1126.9.1712 - 29.9.1712Second LieutenantThomas Knightley ADM 6/11/224ADM 6/1130.9.1712 - 19.11.1714First LieutenantThomas Knightley ADM 6/11/225ADM 6/1130.9.1712 - 20.11.1714Second LieutenantJohn Toller (d.1747) ADM 6/11/225ADM 6/1121.11.1714 - 31.5.1715First LieutenantJohn Toller (d.1747) ADM 6/12/40
Commission confirmed 27.4.1715
ADM 6/12
21.11.1714 - 31.5.1715Second LieutenantRobert Milne (d.bef.1734) ADM 6/12/42
Commission confirmed 5.5.1715
ADM 6/12
1.6.1715 - 4.4.1716Second LieutenantWilliam Baker (d.1740) ADM 6/12/54
Commission confirmed 22.10.1715
ADM 6/12
16.5.1719 - 9.4.1720First LieutenantSamuel Tilley (d.1723) ADM 6/12/169ADM 6/1216.5.1719 - 19.8.1720Second LieutenantWilliam Baker (d.1740) ADM 6/12/169ADM 6/1230.6.1720 - 19.8.1720Third LieutenantJohn Arnold Langley (d.1737) ADM 6/12/208ADM 6/1225.1.1725/26 - 11.8.1727Second LieutenantEdward Chaloner (1689-1766) ADM 6/13/99ADM 6/1325.1.1725/26 - 10.8.1727Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Gregory (d.1747/48) ADM 6/13/99ADM 6/134.3.1725/26 - 10.8.1727First LieutenantPelham Winn ADM 6/13/106ADM 6/1311.8.1727 - 1.4.1729First LieutenantPelham Winn ADM 6/14/149ADM 6/1311.8.1727 - 10.4.1729Second LieutenantEdward Chaloner (1689-1766) ADM 6/14/149ADM 6/1311.8.1727 - 21.2.1727/28Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Gregory (d.1747/48) ADM 6/13/149ADM 6/132.4.1729 - 20.2.1733/34First LieutenantRoger Martin (d.1779) ADM 6/14/20ADM 6/1411.4.1729 - 24.4.1732Second LieutenantChristopher Dalton (d.1734) ADM 6/14/22ADM 6/1411.4.1729 - 18.5.1731Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsMatthew Michel (c.1705-1752) ADM 6/14/22ADM 6/1419.5.1731 - 14.6.1732Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Russell (d.1755) ADM 6/14/79ADM 6/1428.7.1738 - 11.6.1739First LieutenantLachlan Leslie (d.1762) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 18.6.1739Second LieutenantSamuel Lofting (c.1696-1779) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 11.6.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJacob Elton (c.1714-1745) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1514.8.1739 - 28.6.1741Second LieutenantJohn Willson (d.1749) ADM 6/15/211ADM 6/1515.2.1740/41 - 10.8.1741LieutenantDaniel Cannonref:55429.6.1741 - 10.2.1741/42First LieutenantJohn Willson (d.1749) ADM 6/16/432ADM 6/1529.6.1741 - 10.8.1741Second LieutenantHenry Dyve (d.1779) ADM 6/15/432ADM 6/1519.6.1745 - 20.10.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Lowfield (c.1723-1762) ADM 6/16/495ADM 6/1621.10.1745 - 14.2.1745/46Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Hayman (c.1722-c.1752) ADM 6/17/11ADM 6/1715.2.1745/46 - 21.1.1747/48Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsAlexander Bredner (c.1718-1748) ADM 6/17/64ADM 6/17

2 Warrant Officers

9.10.1712 - 17.2.1712/13Midshipman ExtraRobert Gifford ADM 6/11/226ADM 6/1118.2.1712/13 - 4.4.1716Midshipman ExtraMathew Davis (d.1729) ADM 6/11/244ADM 6/11

Service History

9.1712Commissioned for the Channel and North SeaBWAS-1603
3.1713/14Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
4.1715Returned home and then to the BalticBWAS-1603

Paid off at Chatham

5.1719Recommissioned for Lisbon and GibraltarBWAS-1603

Paid off

1.1726Recommissioned for the BalticBWAS-1603
2.1727Returned home and paid offBWAS-1603
2.1727Recommissioned for the coast of SpainBWAS-1603
4.1728Returned home and served in the ChannelBWAS-1603
9.1731Paid offBWAS-1603
7.1738Fitted for seaBWAS-1603
8.1738Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1603
9.1740Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
4.1741Returned homeBWAS-1603
3.1741/42Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
2.1743Present at the attack on La GuairaBWAS-1603
1.1744Returned homeBWAS-1603

Paid off

23.5.1744Renamed MilfordBWAS-1603
5.1745Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate
7.1745Recommissioned for the coast of ScotlandBWAS-1603
3.8.1746Action of August 3 1746
4.8.1746Present at the encounter with ConflansBWAS-1603
25.3.1747Present at the encounter with Dubois de la Motte's convoyBWAS-1603
1748Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1603

Paid off at Woolwich Dockyard

ADM 6/18


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
18.5.1715-29.11.1716British Baltic Fleet 1715Sir John Norris (1670-1749) 

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