Saint Albans

Nominal Guns50
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1.1735/36
First Commissioned28.7.1738
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-Gunner
Constructor Peirson Lock (d.1755)
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 0"Imperial Feet40.8432 
Length of Keel108' 3"Imperial Feet32.9279 
Breadth38' 6"Imperial Feet11.6015 
Depth in Hold15' 9"Imperial Feet4.6177 
Burthen853 4494Tons BM 


30.8.1737Broadside 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
1733300Design Complement

4 Ship Commanders

28.7.1738 - 2.12.1738Captain John Toller (d.1747) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1516.7.1739 - 14.2.1739/40Captain James Cornewall (1698-1743/44) ADM 6/15/204BWAS-171415.2.1739/40 - 16.7.1741Captain Philip Vincent (d.1746) ADM 6/15/248BWAS-171417.7.1741 - 20.10.1744Captain William Knight (d.1744)† ADM 6/15/437BWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers

28.7.1738 - 31.8.1738First Lieutenant Edward Chaloner (1689-1766) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 31.8.1738Second Lieutenant Richard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 31.8.1738Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Rowland Cotton (d.1739) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/151.9.1738 - 2.12.1738Second Lieutenant Rowland Cotton (d.1739) ADM 6/15/143ADM 6/1516.7.1739 - 22.2.1741/42First Lieutenant William Clarke ADM 6/16/204ADM 6/1516.7.1739 - 4.3.1739/40Second Lieutenant John Pitman (d.1751/52) Transfered ADM 6/15/204ADM 6/155.8.1741 - 12.2.1741/42Second Lieutenant Thomas Bradley (c.1717-1743) Transfered ADM 6/16/441ADM 6/1523.8.1742 - 16.2.1742/43Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Armstrong (d.bef.1753) ADM 6/16/256
Confirmed 30.12.1743
ADM 6/16
17.2.1742/43 - 20.10.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Thomas Hallum (1721-c.1804) ADM 6/16/495
Confirmed 18.6.1745
ADM 6/16

1 Crewman

23.10.1741 - 17.11.1741Able Seaman Daniel Rainier (c.1715-?) Transfered ADM 107/3/519ADM 107/3

Service History

8.1738Commissioned, but remained in the HamoazeBWAS-1714
31.8.1738Completed at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10913.16.6dBWAS-1714
2.12.1738Paid offBWAS-1714

Cruising off the Azores until October

4.1740In the Bay of Biscay, later in the Mediterranean and to TurkeyBWAS-1714
1741In the West IndiesBWAS-1714
1742At JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.1744Bombardment of Porto Bello
8.1744Took the Ship Le Tamerlane (46)
20.10.1744Wrecked in a hurricane at Jamaica with all hands lostBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
20.10.1744-21.10.1744Jamaica Hurricane, 1744  

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