Nominal Guns36BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned17.8.1757
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassVenus Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructor Wells & BronsdonBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck128' 4"Imperial Yard117.0432 (384′ 0″ Imperial)
Length of Keel106' 4"Imperial Yard96.9264 (318′ 0″ Imperial)
Breadth35' 10 ¾"Imperial Yard32.004 (105′ 0″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold12' 4 ½"Imperial Yard10.9728 (36′ 0″ Imperial)
Burthen728 7394Tons BM 


30.8.1757Broadside Weight = 189 Imperial Pound ( 85.7118 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
13.7.1756240Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers

17.8.1757 - 4.6.1759CaptainArchibald Cleveland (d.1766) ADM 6/18/429BWAS-17144.6.1759 - 1.1764CaptainMichael Clements (1735-1796) ADM 6/19/69BWAS-171412.10.1770 - 23.3.1771CaptainJohn Laforey (1729-1796) ADM 6/20/299BWAS-171423.3.1771 - 18.9.1772CaptainGeorge Watson (d.1774) ADM 6/20/361BWAS-171418.9.1772 - 8.12.1772CaptainChristopher Atkins (c.1728-1791) ADM 6/20/478
Issued by Sir Peter Denis (1st Baronet of St Mary's) (1713-1778), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 15.2.1773
ADM 6/20
8.12.1772 - 25.6.1773CaptainJames Alms (1728-1791) ADM 6/20/499
Issued by Sir Peter Denis (1st Baronet of St Mary's) (1713-1778)
Commission confirmed 14.6.1773
25.6.1773 - 6.1773CaptainSaint John Chinnery (d.1787) ADM 6/20/500ADM 6/2026.9.1774 - 21.12.1776CaptainThe Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) ADM 6/21/52BWAS-171424.12.1776 - 19.1.1778CaptainRowland Cotton (d.1794) ADM 6/21/245BWAS-171419.1.1778 - 15.10.1778CaptainRichard King (1730-1806) ADM 6/21/355BWAS-171410.1778 - 1782CaptainSir Thomas Spry (1754-1828)BWAS-17141782 - 24.2.1783CaptainChristopher Parker (1752-1804)BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

7.8.1758CommodoreLord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

11.1774 - 1775MidshipmanJoseph Bullen (1761-1857)ref:616

Service History

28.2.1760Action of 28 February 1760
28.2.1760Took the Fifth Rate Frigate La Blonde (30) off the Isle of Man
28.2.1760Took the Sixth Rate Frigate Terpsichore (28) off the Isle of Man
19.6.1760Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1761In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1762In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.1764Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1770Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1770Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £9924.6.11dBWAS-1714
7.5.1771Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1773fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £529.7.11dBWAS-1714
6.1773Paid offBWAS-1714
12.12.1774Sailed for the African CoastBWAS-1714
16.11.1775Sailed for a cruiseBWAS-1714
1.3.1777Sailed as escort for the African trade shipsBWAS-1714
1.1778Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1778Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £7049.1.10dBWAS-1714
25.5.1778Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
14.9.1778Occupation of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
3.1779Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1779Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £3502.1.5dBWAS-1714
13.5.1779Action in Cancale Bay
6.1779Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.11.1780Took the Sixth Rate Diana (22) in the Channel
25.7.1782Sailed for EnglandBWAS-1714
12.2.1783Run ashore at Sao Jorge in the Azores due to leaksBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook

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