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Severn

578
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered13.5.1734BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down10.2.1734/35BWAS-1714
Launched28.3.1739BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.8.1739BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-Gunner (1733)BWAS-1714
Constructor
Peirson LockBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1716-1755
BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Captured18.10.1746BWAS-1714
Becomes

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


28.3.1739Broadside 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


DatesRankNameSource
10.8.1739 - 30.6.1740Captain
John ForbesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1781
Transfered ADM 6/15/109
BWAS-1714
30.6.1740 - 24.6.1742Captain
Edward LeggeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1747
ADM 6/15/302
BWAS-1714
29.12.1742 - 15.6.1744Captain
John PritchardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1723-1758
Transfered ADM 6/16/129
BWAS-1714
16.6.1744 - 18.10.1746Captain
William LisleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1713-1754
ADM 6/17/233
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 5.6.1747
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1746 - 18.10.1746Commodore
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
BWAS-1714

13 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
14.8.1739 - 24.7.1740First Lieutenant
Alexander GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1719-1742
ADM 6/15/210
ADM 6/15
14.8.1739 - 29.6.1740Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Hugh ForbesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1748
ADM 6/15/210
ADM 6/15
30.6.1740 - 7.7.1740Second Lieutenant
Hugh ForbesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1748
Transfered ADM 6/15/304
ADM 6/15
25.7.1740 - 10.5.1742First Lieutenant
Henry StewartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1744
ADM 6/16/315
ADM 6/15
29.12.1742 - 28.4.1743Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Henry BassettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1716-1744
ADM 6/16/129
ADM 6/16
29.4.1743 - 11.8.1744Second Lieutenant
Henry BassettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1716-1744
ADM 6/16/175
ADM 6/16
1.7.1744 - 28.10.1744First Lieutenant
James GalbraithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1780
Transfered ADM 6/17/226
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 12.5.1747
ADM 6/17
12.8.1744 - 28.10.1744Second Lieutenant
The Hon. Richard HarveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1745
ADM 6/16/525
Confirmed 8.8.1745
ADM 6/16
12.8.1744 - 28.10.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Michael HindeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1759
ADM 6/17/473
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 3.7.1749
ADM 6/17
28.10.1744 - 28.4.1745First Lieutenant
The Hon. Richard HarveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1745
ADM 6/16/525
Confirmed 8.8.1745
ADM 6/16
28.10.1744 - 11.11.1745Second Lieutenant
Michael HindeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1759
Transfered ADM 6/17/473
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 3.7.1749
ADM 6/17
28.10.1744 - 18.10.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Thomas ComptonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1748
ADM 6/17/216
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 23.3.1746/47
ADM 6/17
11.11.1745 - 18.10.1746Second Lieutenant
John SeldenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1760
ADM 6/17/229
ADM 6/19

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
27.11.1742 - 28.7.1744Master
John BagsterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1763
ADM 6/86/2
ADM 6/86

Service History


DateEventSource
3.1738/39Began Completed at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1739Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
23.9.1739Completed Completed at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £13724.19.6dBWAS-1714
7.1740Sailed with Anson's squadronBWAS-1714
4.1742Arrived homeBWAS-1714
10.1742Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1743Recommissioned for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
3.1742/43Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6311.15.2dBWAS-1714
1746Convoy escort from the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
10.8.1746Action of 10th Aug. 1746
18.10.1746Taken in the ChannelBWAS-1714
18.10.1746Taken by
Le Terrible (78) 1739-1747
French 78 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
in the Channel

18.10.1746Taken by
Le Neptune (74) 1723-1747
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
in the Channel

14.10.1747Retaken by Hawke's fleet, but not re-added to the navy and broken up in 1747BWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
19.6.1740-14.6.1744Anson's Circumnavigation
George AnsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Service 1711-1761
 
 

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Tuesday 29th of April 2014 21:20

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 11 (1741).
Letter by way of Portugal, from Capt. Legge, of his Majesty's ship Severn, one of Commodore Anson's squadron dated at Rio Janerio, July 1741, brings the following account:
That Commodore Anson, with the fleet under his command, sailed from the Island of St. Catherine on the 19th of January last, and, after meeting with hard gales of wind, in which the Pearl lost company, anchored the 19th of Feb. at Port St. Julian's, that during the time the Pearl was separated, Capt. Kidd, the Commander thereof died, and the ship was chased off Pepy's Island by a squadron of Spanish men of war of five sail; that the Commodore appointed Capt.
Murray to succeed him at Port St. Julian's. They then left St. Julian's Feb. 7 and March 7, passed the Straits of La Maire with great success and fair weather, but the next day they met with fresh gales, which from that time increased to such hard gales from N.N.W. to W.N.W. with such prodigious seas as exceeded any they had seen before which tore their shrouds and sails, and sprung their yards and masts. That on the 10th of April they were in latitude 55d. 55m. and longitude 91d. 54m. and that night they lost sight of the Commodore and all the squadron except the Pearl, and on the 13th in the morning they saw the land at day-break from the W.N.W. to the S.E. very high, and not above 5 leagues distance, upon sight of which they endeavoured to wear which they were more that an hour before they could perform then stood to the westward as much as the winds would permit them; but the winds coming to N.W. and by W? and W.N.W. and blowing a almost continual storm for 40 days, together exceeding great seas they beat most of their time under reef?s courses, that on the 1st of June they spoke with a Portuguese vessel bound to Ba?ia who told them Cape Frio bore W.S.W. 30 leagues; and on the 6th of June by the great mercy of God, they arrived safe in this Port where they were received with exceeding great friendship and humanity after having lost a great number of men by fatigue and sickness.

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