Guernsey -> 1769 Guernsey Hulk

Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1737/38BWAS-1714
First Commissioned6.8.1740BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-GunnerBWAS-1714
Constructor John Ward (d.1752)BWAS-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 Keel108' 6"Imperial Feet32.9375 
Breadth38' 7"Imperial Feet11.6046 
Depth in Hold15' 9"Imperial Feet4.6177 
Burthen856 4894Tons BM 


11.8.1740Broadside 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

1753Broadside Weight = 414 Imperial Pound ( 187.749 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733300Design Complement

8 Ship Commanders

6.8.1740 - 20.9.1742Captain John Forbes (1714-1796) Transfered ADM 6/15/319BWAS-171421.9.1742 - 22.8.1748Captain Samuel Cornish (1715-1770) ADM 6/17/397
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 31.10.1748
5.7.1756 - 14.4.1761Captain Mark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 6/18/289BWAS-171414.4.1761 - 17.11.1762Captain James Smith (c.1725-1786) Transfered ADM 6/19/308BWAS-171417.11.1762 - 24.12.1762Captain William Norton (d.c.1779) ADM 6/19/450ADM 6/1913.3.1764 - 4.3.1766Captain Hugh Palliser (1721/22-1796) ADM 6/20/15BWAS-17144.3.1766 - 6.5.1766Captain John Gell (d.1806) Transfered ADM 6/20/109ADM 6/206.5.1766 - 5.1.1769Captain James Chads (c.1724-1781) ADM 6/20/119BWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

11.11.1761 - 21.10.1762Commodore James Young (1717-1789) ADM 6/19/363BWAS-171421.10.1762 - 24.12.1762Rear-Admiral of the Red James Young (1717-1789)BWAS-17142.4.1766 - 5.1.1769Commodore Hugh Palliser (1721/22-1796)BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

6.8.1740 - 23.9.1742First Lieutenant Philip Toms Transfered ADM 6/15/319ADM 6/154.8.1745 - 22.8.1748Second Lieutenant John Bernard ADM 6/17/383
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 13.9.1748
ADM 6/17

2 Petty Officers

24.6.1758 - 3.6.1761Midshipman William Abbs (c.1736-1799) ADM 107/5/372ADM 107/51767 - 5.1.1769Midshipman George Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818)ref:616

2 Crewmen

28.7.1756 - 23.6.1758Able Seaman William Abbs (c.1736-1799) ADM 107/5/372ADM 107/527.3.1766 - 13.4.1767Able Seaman William Richardson (1746-1772)IPC

Service History

8.1740Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
24.8.1740Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £16505.15.3dBWAS-1714
10.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
16.6.1745Destroyed the privateer Aquila (22) near Cap de GatteBWAS-1714
19.7.1745Took the Privateer San Christo
9.6.1746Took a barcolongo privateerBWAS-1714
7.1748At homeBWAS-1714

Paid off at Chatham Dockyard

ADM 106
4.1753Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1756Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £15808.12.5dBWAS-1714
5.4.1757Action of April 5 1757
24.6.1757Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
18.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay
1761Off Le HavreBWAS-1714
24.12.1762Paid offADM 51
4.1763Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1763Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2280.19.9dBWAS-1714
24.5.1764Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

Paid off

10.1.1769Refitted as a Unrated Hulk
4.1769Completed conversion to a hulk at WoolwichBWAS-1714
4.1769Renamed Guernsey HulkBWAS-1714
2.2.1786Sold at Woolwich for £295BWAS-1714


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