Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down21.8.1723BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.7.1730BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 50-GunnerBWAS-1714
Constructor Richard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 0"Imperial Feet40.8432 
Length of Keel109' 8"Imperial Feet33.2458 
Breadth36' 0"Imperial Feet10.9728 
Depth in Hold15' 2"Imperial Feet4.5822 
Burthen755 8994Tons BM 


17.10.1726Broadside 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

10 Commanding Officers

16.7.1728 - 18.5.1731Captain Charles Browne (c.1678-1753) ADM 6/14/209BWAS-171419.5.1731 - 11.5.1732Captain Henry Medley (d.1747) ADM 6/14/76BWAS-17146.3.1732/33 - 14.7.1735CaptainLord Robert MacCarthy (Viscount Muskerry) (1685-1769) ADM 6/14/137BWAS-171428.2.1737/38 - 28.1.1740/41Captain Henry Medley (d.1747) ADM 6/15/97BWAS-171429.1.1740/41 - 5.4.1742Captain Thomas Smith (c.1707-1762) ADM 6/16/273BWAS-17146.4.1742 - 3.4.1743Captain Thomas Grenville (1719-1747) ADM 6/16/201BWAS-17144.4.1743 - 26.12.1744Captain Henry Godsalve (c.1713-1765) ADM 6/16/425
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 15.1.1744/45
11.8.1746 - 21.11.1747CaptainThe Hon. William Bateman (c.1723-1783) ADM 6/17/139BWAS-171421.11.1747 - 4.11.1748CaptainThe Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800) ADM 6/17/285BWAS-17143.4.1755 - 29.7.1756Captain Mark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 6/18/152BWAS-1714

12 Commissioned Officers

16.7.1728 - 18.5.1731Second Lieutenant Harcourt Masters ADM 6/14/209ADM 6/1319.5.1731 - 5.3.1732/33Second Lieutenant Thomas Dalzel (d.1739/40) ADM 6/14/77ADM 6/146.3.1732/33 - 12.3.1733/34First Lieutenant Thomas Ley (d.1737) ADM 6/14/137ADM 6/146.3.1732/33 - 12.3.1732/33Second Lieutenant Patrick O'Hara (c.1710-1774) ADM 6/14/137ADM 6/1413.3.1733/34 - 14.7.1735First Lieutenant Patrick O'Hara (c.1710-1774) ADM 6/15/177ADM 6/1428.2.1737/38 - 16.12.1739Second Lieutenant James Broadley (d.1746) ADM 6/15/97ADM 6/1528.2.1737/38 - 16.12.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Thomas Hemming (c.1711-1748) ADM 6/15/97ADM 6/1531.1.1740/41 - 1.8.1742Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms James Beranger (1721-1744) ADM 6/16/374ADM 6/159.3.1740/41 - 15.5.1743First Lieutenant Thomas Hemming (c.1711-1748) ADM 6/15/395ADM 6/159.3.1740/41 - 1.6.1743Second Lieutenant John Bowdler (c.1709-1754) ADM 6/15/395ADM 6/155.10.1742 - 12.1.1744/45Second Lieutenant Richard Haddock (d.1749) ADM 6/17/109
Commission confirmed 31.5.1746
ADM 6/18
30.11.1747 - 4.11.1748Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Thomas Morse (c.1722-1751) ADM 6/17/289ADM 6/17

1 Petty Officer

21.5.1741 - 11.9.1742Midshipman Mark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 107/3/514ADM107/3

2 Crewmen

19.1.1740/41 - 22.4.1743Captain's Servant Alexander Arthur Hood (1726-1814) ADM 107/3/53ODNB6.5.1741 - 4.1743Captain's Servant Samuel Hood (1724-1816) ADM 107/3/53ODNB

Service History

11.5.1727Transported to Woolwich to be completedBWAS-1714
7.1735Began small repair at UnknownBWAS-1714
8.1735Completed small repair at a cost of £1657.16.2dBWAS-1714
10.2.1742/43Battle of Toulon
7.1745Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate Ship
7.1745Began small repair at Plymouth - Devon BWAS-1714
2.1747Completed small repair at Plymouth - Devon at a cost of £11951.12.7dBWAS-1714
23.1.1748Took the Privateer Le Comte de Noailles (16) in the SoundingsBWAS-1714
25.1.1748Took the Flûte Le Geraldus (8) BG
16.11.1748Paid offADM 51
6.1750Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1597.18.2dBWAS-1714
6.7.1757Ordered to be sold by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1714
21.7.1757Sold for £840BWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1754-16.9.1754Convoy for the King from HollandLord George Anson (1st Baron Anson) (1697-1762) 

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Posted by Cy on Friday 15th of June 2018 21:52

Hi Mark.
Yes, Thomas Graves was commissioned as 3rd Lieutenant of the Romney on 25th June 1743. It was his first commission.

Posted by Mark Lardas on Friday 15th of June 2018 20:06

According to the Dictionary of National Biography (vol 22 p 438 Thomas Graves (later 1st Baron Graves) was aboard Romney in 1743-44 as a lieutenant, and served aboard that ship during the Battle of Toulon.

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