Guernsey

556
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered16.5.1716BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down7.9.1716BWAS-1714
Launched24.10.1717BWAS-1714
First Commissioned17.1.1717/18BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship Class1706 Establishment 50-gunner Later GroupBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn HaywardBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up3.1736/37BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Length of Keel107' 4"Imperial Feet32.6281 
Breadth35' 2"Imperial Feet10.6782 
Depth in Hold14' 1"Imperial Feet4.2736 
Burthen706 594Tons BM 

Armament


24.10.1717Broadside Weight = 315 Imperial Pound ( 142.8525 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1716280Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.1.1717/18 - 4.11.1718CaptainCharles Hardy (c.1680-1744) ADM 6/12/110BWAS-17145.11.1718 - 10.7.1719CaptainRobert Chadwick (c.1675-1719)† ADM 6/12/143BWAS-171414.7.1719 - 12.12.1720CaptainCovill Mayne (c.1674-1746) ADM 6/12/175BWAS-171413.12.1720 - 1.11.1721CaptainWilliam Houlding (c.1672-1731) ADM 6/12/224BWAS-171415.3.1722/23 - 9.10.1723CaptainFrancis Percy (d.1740/41) ADM 6/13/31BWAS-171426.7.1728 - 4.1.1729/30CaptainJohn Cockburn (c.1666-c.1731) ADM 6/14/211BWAS-1714

13 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.1.1717/18 - 9.10.1718First LieutenantBenjamin Fenwick (d.1757) ADM 6/12/110ADM 6/1217.1.1717/18 - 8.10.1718Second LieutenantPower Wickham (d.c.1737) ADM 6/12/110ADM 6/129.10.1718 - 1.11.1721First LieutenantWilliam Elford ADM 6/12/146
Commission confirmed 5.12.1718
ADM 6/12
9.10.1718 - 1.11.1721Second LieutenantCharles Redman ADM 6/12/144
Commission confirmed 20.11.1718
ADM 6/12
15.3.1721/22 - 9.10.1723First LieutenantThomas Wilcocks (d.1741) ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1315.3.1721/22 - 20.7.1722Second LieutenantSir Roger Butler (Baronet ) (d.c.1741) ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1315.3.1721/22 - 23.1.1722/23Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThe Hon. James Hay (d.1722/23)† ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1321.7.1722 - 9.10.1723Second LieutenantJames Symonds ADM 6/13/42ADM 6/1323.1.1722/23 - 9.10.1723Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPeter Warren (1703-1752) ADM 6/13/61
Commission confirmed 10.10.1723
ADM 6/13
10.10.1723 - 9.10.1723Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsEdward Hardy ADM 6/13/61ADM 6/1326.7.1728 - 4.1.1729/30First LieutenantJames Scott ADM 6/14/211ADM 6/1326.7.1728 - 4.1.1729/30Second LieutenantHenry Allen ADM 6/14/211ADM 6/1319.5.1731 - 17.6.1731Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPeter Burville (d.1743) ADM 6/14/77ADM 6/14

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
11.6.1719 - 22.7.1720MidshipmanThe Hon. Fitzroy Henry Lee (1698/99-1751) ADM 107/3/90ADM107/3

Service History


DateEventSource
7.9.1716Began rebuilding at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
24.10.1717Completed rebuilding at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £8501.0.0dBWAS-1714
1718In the BalticBWAS-1714
1719Sailed to TurkeyBWAS-1714
1720Returned homeBWAS-1714
1721In the BalticBWAS-1714
1.11.1721

Paid off

ADM 51
1722Sailed for AfricaBWAS-1714
5.1722fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
1723Left Africa for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
20.9.1723

Captain Francis Percy. Account of attack of his crew in the Guernsey's longboat whilst watering and wooding in Cape Monserado [Cape Mesurado] and the capture of the 3rd Lieutenant James Hay along with 27 crew. Requests bills for the surgeon's neccessaries and to the pilot for piloting the Guernsey into and out of Port Royal Jamaica. The Guernsey required cleaning at Jamaica but having lost a great many men on the coast of Guinea and above 100 being very sick and weak deterred him (at the season of the year).

ADM 106
9.10.1723

Paid off

BWAS-1714
7.1728Recommissioned as guardship at SheernessBWAS-1714
11.1728Guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
1729Sea duty with Wager's fleetBWAS-1714
4.1.1729/30Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 106
3.1736/37Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
28.4.1718-10.1718British Baltic Fleet 1718Sir John Norris (1670-1749) 
13.4.1721-20.10.1721British Baltic Fleet 1721Sir John Norris (1670-1749) 
 

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