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Nominal Guns50BWAS-1603
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.12.1718BWAS-1603
Keel Laid Down6.2.1719/20BWAS-1603
Launched25.2.1722/23BWAS-1603
First Commissioned25.1.1725/26
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1603
Ship Class1719 Establishment 50-Gunner
ConstructorJohn NaishBWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up7.1744BWAS-1603

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 5"Imperial Feet40.8469 
Length of Keel110' 0"Imperial Feet33.528 
Breadth36' 4"Imperial Feet10.9897 
Depth in Hold15' 3"Imperial Feet4.5872 
Burthen772 3794Tons BM 

Armament


25.2.1722/23Broadside 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
1719280Design Complement

8 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.1.1725/26 - 3.11.1726CaptainSamuel Atkins (d.1765) ADM 6/13/96BWAS-16033.11.1726 - 23.10.1728CaptainAlexander Geddes (d.1750/51) ADM 6/13/123BWAS-16032.4.1729 - 9.1731CaptainRichard Rowzier (d.1745) ADM 6/14/20BWAS-160322.2.1733/34 - 16.5.1738CaptainHenry Osborne (1694-1771) ADM 6/15/166BWAS-160314.7.1738 - 15.8.1738CaptainRobert Long (d.1771) ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1515.8.1738 - 12.4.1739CaptainGeorge Sclater (d.1750) ADM 6/15/140ADM 6/1513.4.1739 - 30.7.1739CaptainThe Hon. John Byng (1704-1757) ADM 6/15/171BWAS-160330.7.1739 - 17.3.1742/43CaptainEdward Hawke (1704/5-1781) ADM 6/15/208ODNB

28 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.1.1725/26 - 21.11.1726First LieutenantHenry Huish (d.1751) ADM 6/13/97ADM 6/1325.1.1725/26 - 21.11.1726Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsMiles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/13/97ADM 6/134.3.1725/26 - 21.11.1726Second LieutenantThomas Jolley (d.1741) ADM 6/13/106ADM 6/1322.11.1726 - 27.4.1727First LieutenantThomas Jolley (d.1741) ADM 6/13/125ADM 6/1322.11.1726 - 11.10.1727Second LieutenantMiles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/13/125ADM 6/1315.7.1727 - 23.10.1728First LieutenantRobert Harrison (d.1739) ADM 6/14/2
Commission confirmed 11.10.1728
ADM 6/14
12.10.1727 - 9.2.1728/29Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsAubrey Beauclerk (1710-1740/41) ADM 6/14/2
Commission confirmed 11.10.1728
ADM 6/14
2.4.1729 - 22.2.1733/34First LieutenantRowland Frogmere (d.1744) ADM 6/14/20ADM 6/1411.4.1729 - 24.11.1729Second LieutenantThomas Gregory (d.1747/48) ADM 6/14/22ADM 6/1411.4.1729 - 24.11.1729Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsEdward Hawke (1704/5-1781) ADM 6/14/22ADM 6/1425.11.1729 - 22.8.1732Second LieutenantWilliam Fielding (d.1773) ADM 6/14/42ADM 6/1425.11.1729 - 26.1.1729/30Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Gregory (d.1747/48) ADM 6/14/43ADM 6/1427.1.1729/30 - 5.4.1732Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsEdward Barber (d.1762) ADM 6/14/45ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 1.11.1736First LieutenantRowland Frogmere (d.1744) ADM 6/15/169ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 2.3.1733/34Third LieutenantJohn Draper (d.1743) ADM 6/14/169ADM 6/142.3.1733/34 - 11.3.1733/34Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Rosbee (d.c.1742) ADM 6/14/171ADM 6/1413.3.1733/34 - 13.7.1738Second LieutenantThomas Dove (d.1767) ADM 6/15/175ADM 6/1413.3.1733/34 - 21.5.1735Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Breholt (d.bef.1735) ADM 6/14/175ADM 6/1422.5.1735 - 29.6.1737Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsLastly Chilcott (d.1737)† ADM 6/15/213ADM 6/1414.7.1738 - 12.4.1739First LieutenantJohn Draper (d.1743) ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1514.7.1738 - 12.4.1739Second LieutenantThomas Bury (d.1748) ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1514.7.1738 - 12.4.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Ridge ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1513.4.1739 - 13.8.1739First LieutenantMerrick de l'Angle (d.1753) ADM 6/15/170ADM 6/1513.4.1739 - 14.7.1739Second LieutenantCharles Hardy (1716-1780) ADM 6/15/171ADM 6/1513.4.1739 - 13.8.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Chadwick (d.1748) ADM 6/15/171ADM 6/1523.7.1739 - 13.8.1739Second LieutenantJoseph Soanes ADM 6/15/207ADM 6/1514.8.1739 - 4.4.1744First LieutenantJoseph Soanes ADM 6/15/212ADM 6/1514.8.1739 - 22.2.1741/42Second LieutenantRichard Chadwick (d.1748) ADM 6/15/212ADM 6/15

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
30.5.1739 - 18.8.1739Master's MateMarriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) ADM 107/3/344ADM107/3

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
23.2.1729/30 - 18.7.1732Volunteer-per-orderJohn Rowzier (c.1714-1752) ADM 107/3/307ADM107/3

Service History


DateEventSource
1726Commissioned for home watersBWAS-1603
1726Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1603
7.4.1726Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1603
7.4.1726Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £4289.5.4dBWAS-1603
1727In the Straits, and then to the West IndiesBWAS-1603
9.1728Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1603
1730Sailed to the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
9.1731Home to pay offBWAS-1603
1736Sailed to ConstantinopleBWAS-1603
11.1736small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1069.7.7dBWAS-1603
1738In home watersBWAS-1603
1.12.1738Paid offBWAS-1603
4.1739Recommissioned for home watersBWAS-1603
1740Sailed to BarbadosBWAS-1603
1742Ordered homeBWAS-1603
26.4.1743Ordered to be broken up by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1603
1.6.1743Completed breaking up at WoolwichBWAS-1603

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1726/12/241728/04/09British Squadron for the relief of GibraltarSir Charles Wager (1666-1743)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
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
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
 

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