Guernsey

556
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered16.5.1716BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down7.9.1716BWAS-1714
Launched24.10.1717BWAS-1714
First Commissioned17.1.1717/18
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1706 Establishment 50-gunner Later Group
ConstructorJohn HaywardBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
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 - 13.7.1719CaptainRobert Chadwick (d.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 (d.1741) ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1315.3.1721/22 - 22.1.1722/23Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThe Hon. James Hay 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

Service History


DateEventSource
7.9.1716Began rebuilding at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
24.10.1717Completed rebuilding at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £8501.0.0dBWAS-1714
1718In the BalticBWAS-1714
1719Sailed to TurkeyBWAS-1714
1720Returned homeBWAS-1714
1721In the BalticBWAS-1714
1.11.1721Paid offADM 51
1722Sailed for AfricaBWAS-1714
5.1722fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
1723Left Africa for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
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
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1718/04/281718/10British Baltic Fleet 1718Sir John Norris (1670-1749)
1721/04/131721/10/20British Baltic Fleet 1721Sir John Norris (1670-1749)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/12ADM 6/12 Commission and Warrent Book 1714 14 Oct.-1721 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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