Saint Albans

576
Nominal Guns50
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered10.9.1734
Keel Laid Down12.1.1735/36
Launched30.8.1737
First Commissioned28.7.1738
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-Gunner
ConstructorPeirson Lock (d.1755)
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Wrecked20.10.1744

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
28.7.1738 - 12.6.1739CaptainJohn Toller (d.1747) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1516.7.1739 - 14.2.1739/40CaptainJames Cornewall (1698-1743/44) ADM 6/15/204BWAS-171415.2.1739/40 - 16.7.1741CaptainPhilip Vincent (d.1746) ADM 6/15/248BWAS-171417.7.1741 - 20.10.1744CaptainWilliam Knight (d.1744)† ADM 6/15/437BWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
28.7.1738 - 31.8.1738First LieutenantEdward Chaloner (d.1766) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 31.8.1738Second LieutenantRichard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 31.8.1738Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRowland Cotton (d.1739) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/151.9.1738 - 6.6.1739Second LieutenantRowland Cotton (d.1739) ADM 6/15/143ADM 6/1516.7.1739 - 22.2.1741/42First LieutenantWilliam Clarke ADM 6/16/204ADM 6/1516.7.1739 - 3.3.1739/40Second LieutenantJohn Pitman (d.1751/52) ADM 6/15/204ADM 6/155.8.1741 - 12.2.1741/42Second LieutenantThomas Bradley (d.1743) ADM 6/16/441ADM 6/1523.8.1742 - 16.2.1742/43Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Armstrong (d.bef.1753) ADM 6/16/256
Commission confirmed 30.12.1743
ADM 6/16
17.2.1742/43 - 20.10.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Hallum (1721-c.1804) ADM 6/16/495
Commission confirmed 18.6.1745
ADM 6/16

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1738Commissioned, but remained in the HamoazeBWAS-1714
31.8.1738Completed at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £10913.16.6dBWAS-1714
2.12.1738Paid offBWAS-1714
1739RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1739

Cruising off the Azores until October

ODNB
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 Privateer Ship Le Tamerlane (46)
20.10.1744Wrecked in a hurricane at Jamaica with all hands lostBWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1744/10/201744/10/21Jamaica Hurricane, 1744 

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
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
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
 

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