Leopard

580
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Launched30.10.1741BWAS-1714
First Commissioned20.10.1741
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall - London BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-Gunner
ConstructorJohn Perry (1713-1771)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up7.1761BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 0"Imperial Feet40.8432 
Length of Keel109' 8"Imperial Feet33.2458 
Breadth38' 8"Imperial Feet11.6078 
Depth in Hold15' 9 ½"Imperial Feet4.5847 
Burthen872 1394Tons BM 

Armament


30.10.1741Broadside 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

1743Broadside 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

2 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.10.1741 - 20.9.1744CaptainLord George Forrester (d.1748) ADM 6/15/469BWAS-171421.9.1744 - 30.10.1748CaptainLord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770) ADM 6/17/434
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 27.1.1748/49
BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.10.1741 - 19.11.1741First LieutenantJames Master (d.1747) ADM 6/16/469ADM 6/1520.10.1741 - 6.4.1742Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Williams ADM 6/16/469ADM 6/157.4.1742 - 31.5.1742Second LieutenantJohn Williams ADM 6/16/41ADM 6/161.6.1742 - 7.12.1747Second LieutenantRobert Taylor (c.1714-?) ADM 6/16/63ADM 6/16

Service History


DateEventSource
30.9.1741Completed at a cost of £10449.5.0dBWAS-1714
30.9.1741Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
30.10.1741Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £4285.17.1dBWAS-1714
2.1742

Sailed to the Western Approaches

BWAS-1714
4.1742

Sailed to the Bay of Biscay

BWAS-1714
9.1744In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
30.10.1748

Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth

ADM 106
13.1.1748/49SurveyedBWAS-1714
15.8.1751SurveyedBWAS-1714
12.1760SurveyedBWAS-1714
31.12.1760Order to be broken upBWAS-1714
7.1761Breaking up completed at PlymouthBWAS-1714


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
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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Posted by Brian on Saturday 31st of May 2014 21:26

Letter from Lord Forrester, Commander of his Majesty's ship Leopard, dated in Gibraltar Bay (1742) August 19 - On the 9th inst. between Cape St Mary's and Cadiz, I saw a ship stemming right in for the latter place, ans as she lay immediately in my route, I fired two shot at her, and brought her to. On examination, I found her to be a Spaniard , above 200 tons, laden with logwood, Cochineal, and Cocoa ans several other sorts of dyes, canary wines, 4 camels, and a great present, yet unknown, for the King of Naples; as also a Bishop and Priest, a Spanish General, and other Spanish Officers, with great sums of Piasters.

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