Worcester

549
Nominal Guns54BWAS-1603
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1713BWAS-1603
Keel Laid Down2.5.1713B028
Launched31.8.1714BWAS-1603
First Commissioned17.2.1714/15B028
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
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
Broken Up to Rebuild3.5.1733B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck131' 5"Imperial Feet39.9329 
Length of Keel108' 7"Imperial Feet32.9406 
Breadth35' 3 ½"Imperial Feet10.6807 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen719 3494Tons BM 

Armament


31.8.1714Broadside 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

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1693280Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.2.1714/15 - 10.2.1716/17CaptainThomas Kempthorne (d.1736) ADM 6/12/27BWAS-160311.2.1716/17 - 23.12.1717CaptainChaloner Ogle (1681-1750) ADM 6/12/88BWAS-160324.3.1718/19 - 28.3.1720CaptainCharles Boyle (d.1720): on board from 12.4.1719 ADM 6/12/163BWAS-16039.5.1720 - 31.3.1721CaptainFrancis Blake Delavall (d.1752) ADM 6/12/224
Commission confirmed 10.12.1720
BWAS-1603
1.4.1721 - 12.2.1721/22CaptainRobert Man (1675-1745) ADM 6/13/8BWAS-1603

14 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.2.1714/15 - 20.2.1716/17First LieutenantGeorge Proctor (d.1736) ADM 6/12/27ADM 6/1217.2.1714/15 - 20.2.1716/17Second LieutenantJohn Oliphant (d.1743) ADM 6/12/27ADM 6/1221.2.1716/17 - 23.12.1717First LieutenantStephen Dowse (d.1728) ADM 6/12/91ADM 6/1221.2.1716/17 - 22.9.1717Second LieutenantThomas Bridges ADM 6/12/91ADM 6/1223.9.1717 - 23.12.1717Second LieutenantRobert Carleton ADM 6/12/106
Commission confirmed 15.11.1717
ADM 6/12
24.3.1718/19 - 23.3.1718/19First LieutenantCharles Bignall ADM 6/12/163ADM 6/1224.3.1718/19 - 27.3.1720Second LieutenantGeorge Weston ADM 6/12/163ADM 6/1211.1.1719/20 - 12.2.1721/22First LieutenantGilbert Bury ADM 6/15/188ADM 6/1228.3.1720 - 4.4.1720Second LieutenantWilliam Smith (d.1756) ADM 6/12/200ADM 6/124.4.1720 - 21.7.1720Second LieutenantEdward Baker (d.1752) ADM 6/12/201ADM 6/124.4.1720 - 15.5.1720Third LieutenantBasil Wood ADM 6/12/201ADM 6/1216.5.1720 - 20.7.1720Second LieutenantBasil Wood ADM 6/12/223ADM 6/1216.5.1720 - 12.2.1721/22Third LieutenantEdward Guy (d.1741) ADM 6/12/223
Commission confirmed 12.12.1720
ADM 6/12
21.7.1720 - 12.2.1721/22Second LieutenantEdward Allen (d.1744) ADM 6/15/224
Commission confirmed 13.12.1720
ADM 6/12

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1714Commissioned for Newfoundland and the StraitsBWAS-1603
1717In the BalticBWAS-1603
10.5.1720

At 4 unmoored ship and hove short. At 7 weighed and at 8 anchored before Eilean Donan Castle - Eilean Donan , the castle bearing NE by E half mile. Sent a flag of truce ashore which they fired at, upon which we began to fire upon the castle in company with the Enterprise and Flamborough. At 10 left off firing in order to get closer in. At half past the Flamborough hauled out of the line and anchored again about 3 cables to the eastward of us. This morning I confined Mr Bignel for neglect of duty.

ref:1023
10.5.1720Bombardment of Donan Castle
11.5.1720

Fresh gales and squally with rain. At 1 pm weighed and anchored near castle, it bearing NE quarter mile. Carried out one stream anchor and hove our broadsides again upon the castle. At the same time the Flamborough was ordered to weigh and come in again and stand up the river about 3 miles. We had intelligence by a Spanish deserter who came over to us that there was a house there with several barrels of powder in it. Upon the Flamborough appearing near the House, the rebels set fire to a great quantity of powder and other ammunition. We and the Enterprise still continued firing at the castle.

Fresh gales and squally with rain. At 1 pm weighed and anchored near castle, it bearing NE quarter mile. Carried out one stream anchor and hove our broadsides again upon the castle. At the same time the Flamborough was ordered to weigh and come in again and stand up the river about 3 miles. We had intelligence by a Spanish deserter who came over to us that there was a house there with several barrels of powderref:1023
12.5.1720

Moderate gales and rain. At 3 pm sent across 16 barrels of powder to blow up the castle. At 9 the westermost part of the castle blew up.

ref:1023
13.5.1720

Moderate gales with squalls of rain. At the beginning of the latter part fresh gales and squally with hard showers of hail and rain. Sent ashore 11 barrels of powder to blow up the rest of the walls of the castle fronting the sea side

ref:1023
14.5.1720

At 2 pm sent ashore the longboat for water. At 3 a man was shot by the rebels ashore through the arm and on the breast although not mortally.

ref:1023
3.1720/21refitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3035.18.7dBWAS-1603
3.5.1733Docked at Portsmouth to be broken up and rebuiltBWAS-1603

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1719/061719/11British Baltic Fleet 1719Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
1721/04/131721/10/20British Baltic Fleet 1721Sir John Norris (1670-1749)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
ADM 6/12ADM 6/12 Commission and Warrent Book 1714 14 Oct.-1721 Jan. Archive
ref:1023Ship's Log Book Archive
 

Previous comments on this pageno comments to display
Make a comment about this page





Recent comments to other pages
Date postedByPage
Friday 16th of August 2019 04:51Tim OakleyBattle of Porto Praya
Wednesday 14th of August 2019 16:45Tim OakleyChevalier Philippe Raquin des Gouttes (1580-1649)
Wednesday 14th of August 2019 11:01Tim OakleyBattle of Grenada
Wednesday 14th of August 2019 10:56Tim OakleyBattle of Grenada
Wednesday 14th of August 2019 10:49Tim OakleyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Zélé' (1763) (74)