Norwich -> 1744 Enterprise

Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned16.5.1719BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Ship Class1706 Establishment 50-gunner Later GroupBWAS-1714
ConstructorBenjamin Rosewell (d.1742)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up8.1771BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Length of Keel108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Breadth35' 0"Imperial Feet10.668 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen703 6894Tons BM 


20.5.1718Broadside 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

6.1744Broadside Weight = 222 Imperial Pound ( 100.677 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1716280Design Complement
6.1744250As a 44-gun Fifth RateBWAS-1714

10 Commanding Officers

16.5.1719 - 26.8.1720CaptainJohn Fletcher (c.1681-1750) ADM 6/12/169BWAS-171428.7.1738 - 26.12.1740CaptainRichard Herbert (d.1740)† ADM 6/15/134BWAS-171430.12.1740 - 5.5.1741CaptainWilliam Knight (d.1744) ADM 6/15/415
Commission confirmed 9.5.1741
7.9.1741 - 15.4.1743CaptainThomas Gregory (d.1747/48) ADM 6/15/451BWAS-171416.4.1743 - 30.9.1743CaptainHenry Stewart (d.1746) ADM 6/16/209
Commission confirmed 16.8.1743
ADM 6/16
30.5.1744 - 13.12.1748CaptainCharles Holmes (1711-1761) ADM 6/16/313BWAS-171410.11.1756 - 17.3.1758CaptainJohn Donkley (c.1713-1758)† ADM 6/18/321ADM 6/187.4.1758 - 13.1.1762CaptainAlexander Innes (c.1713-1786) ADM 6/18/500BWAS-171413.1.1762 - 26.1.1764CaptainJohn Houlton (c.1728-1791) ADM 6/19/380BWAS-171410.1.1771 - 8.7.1771CaptainWilliam Williams (c.1735-1778) ADM 6/20/333ADM 6/20

14 Commissioned Officers

16.5.1719 - 19.12.1723First LieutenantJoshua Paine (d.1748) ADM 6/12/169ADM 6/1216.5.1719 - 25.1.1725/26Second LieutenantSilvester Kennedy (d.1756) ADM 6/12/169ADM 6/1228.7.1738 - 8.6.1739First LieutenantJames Master (d.bef.1746/47) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 5.12.1739Second LieutenantPeter Toms (d.1763) ADM 6/16/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 6.6.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsMoses Peadle (d.1744) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/157.6.1739 - 27.4.1740Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsMoses Peadle (d.1744) ADM 6/15/180ADM 6/159.6.1739 - 18.2.1740/41First LieutenantJohn Draper (d.1743) ADM 6/15/181ADM 6/155.2.1739/40 - 19.12.1740Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Best (d.1743) ADM 6/16/188
Commission confirmed 14.6.1743
ADM 6/16
7.9.1741 - 4.2.1742/43Second LieutenantJoseph Roberts ADM 6/15/451ADM 6/157.9.1741 - 4.2.1742/43Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Hughes (c.1721-?) ADM 6/15/451ADM 6/155.2.1741/42 - 30.9.1743First LieutenantJoseph Roberts ADM 6/16/210
Commission confirmed 16.8.1743
ADM 6/16
5.2.1742/43 - 16.4.1743Second LieutenantJohn Hughes (c.1721-?) ADM 6/16/206
Commission confirmed 8.8.1743
ADM 6/16
1.6.1744 - bef.29.4.1746First LieutenantPeregrine Bradshaw (d.1746) ADM 6/16/313ADM 6/1622.8.1746 - 29.1.1747/48Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Stewart ADM 6/17/425
Issued by Thomas Davers (1689-1746)
Commission confirmed 23.12.1748
ADM 6/17

1 Petty Officer

6.12.1741 - 9.3.1742/43MidshipmanJohn Young (c.1718-?) ADM 107/4/26ADM 107/4

Service History

20.5.1718Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £8059.0.7dBWAS-1714
5.1719Commissioned for the Spanish and Lisbon stationsBWAS-1714
8.1720Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
1.1730Began small repair at UnknownBWAS-1714
4.1730Completed small repair at a cost of £722.7.1dBWAS-1714
23.7.1739Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
11.1739At Porto BelloBWAS-1714
21.11.1739Attack on Puerto Bello
23.3.1739/40Attack on Chagres
1.1741Sailed for home with a convoyBWAS-1714

Paid off

18.2.1742/43Attack on La Guaira
15.4.1743Attack on Porto Cabello
30.9.1743Paid offADM 51
10.1743Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
23.5.1744Renamed EnterpriseBWAS-1714
7.1744Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate Ship
7.1744Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6925.14.2dBWAS-1714
1745Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1747Still in JamaicaBWAS-1714
1748Paid offBWAS-1714
26.11.1748Surveyed, but no repair reportedBWAS-1714
16.9.1755Repairs ordered, but no record of them existsBWAS-1714
30.6.1757Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714
22.7.1758Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1761Returned homeBWAS-1714
24.1.1762Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
24.2.1762Capture of Saint Lucia
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
1.1764Paid offBWAS-1714
8.1771Break up completed at SheernessBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
25.7.1739-1741British Fleet in the West indiesEdward Vernon (1684-1757) 

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