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


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 - 18.5.1731CaptainCharles Browne (c.1678-1753) ADM 6/14/209BWAS-171419.5.1731 - 11.5.1732CaptainHenry Medley (d.1747) ADM 6/14/76BWAS-17146.3.1732/33 - 7.1.1734/35CaptainLord Robert MacCarthy (Viscount Muskerry) (1685-1769) ADM 6/14/137BWAS-171428.2.1737/38 - 28.1.1740/41CaptainHenry Medley (d.1747) ADM 6/15/97BWAS-171429.1.1740/41 - 5.4.1742CaptainThomas Smith (d.1762) ADM 6/16/273BWAS-17146.4.1742 - 3.4.1743CaptainThomas Grenville (1719-1747) ADM 6/16/201BWAS-17144.4.1744 - 10.8.1746CaptainHenry Godsalve (d.1765) ADM 6/16/425
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 - 4.11.1748CaptainSamuel Barrington (1729-1800) ADM 6/17/285BWAS-17144.1755 - 1757CaptainMark Milbanke (1724-1805)BWAS-1714

12 Commissioned Officers

16.7.1728 - 18.5.1731Second LieutenantHarcourt Masters ADM 6/14/209ADM 6/1319.5.1731 - 5.3.1732/33Second LieutenantThomas Dalzel (d.1739/40) ADM 6/14/77ADM 6/146.3.1732/33 - 12.3.1733/34First LieutenantThomas Ley (d.1737) ADM 6/14/137ADM 6/146.3.1732/33 - 12.3.1732/33Second LieutenantPatrick O'Hara (c.1710-1774) ADM 6/14/137ADM 6/1413.3.1733/34 - 14.3.1737/38First LieutenantPatrick O'Hara (c.1710-1774) ADM 6/15/177ADM 6/1428.2.1737/38 - 4.3.1740/41Second LieutenantJames Broadley (d.1746) ADM 6/15/97ADM 6/1528.2.1737/38 - 16.12.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Hemming (d.1748) ADM 6/15/97ADM 6/1531.1.1740/41 - 1.8.1742Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Beranger (1720-1744) ADM 6/16/374ADM 6/159.3.1740/41 - 15.5.1743First LieutenantThomas Hemming (d.1748) ADM 6/15/395ADM 6/159.3.1740/41 - 1.6.1743Second LieutenantJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/15/395ADM 6/155.10.1742 - 11.8.1746Second LieutenantRichard Haddock (d.1749) ADM 6/17/109
Commission confirmed 31.5.1746
ADM 6/18
30.11.1747 - 1.12.1748Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Morse (d.1751) ADM 6/17/289ADM 6/17

2 Petty Officers

21.5.1741 - 11.9.1742MidshipmanMark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 107/3/514ADM107/38.1763 - 18.9.1764MidshipmanWilliam Peere Williams (1741-1832)EWIKI

2 Crewmen

19.1.1740/41 - 22.4.1743Captain's ServantAlexander Arthur Hood (1726-1814)ODNB6.5.1741 - 4.1743Captain's ServantSamuel Hood (1724-1816)ODNB

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
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
7.1745Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate Ship
7.1745Began small repair at Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.1747Completed small repair at Plymouth at a cost of £11951.12.7dBWAS-1714
23.1.1747/48Took the Privateer Le Comte de Noailles (16)
25.1.1747/48Took the Merchantman Flûte Le Geraldus (8)
6.1750Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1597.18.2dBWAS-1714
6.7.1757Ordered to be sold by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1714
21.7.1757Sold for £840BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1754/091754/09/16Convoy for the King from HollandLord George Anson (1st Baron Anson) (1697-1762)


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/13 ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
ADM 6/14 ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 6/15 ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/18 ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/17 ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM107/3 ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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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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