Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.6.1740BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.10.1741BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardJohn's Ness - Ipswich ref:1362
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up22.12.1766BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 2"Imperial Feet40.8447 
Length of Keel108' 2"Imperial Feet32.9248 
Breadth38' 6 ½Imperial Feet11.5951 
Depth in Hold15' 9"Imperial Feet4.6177 
Burthen854 6194Tons BM 


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

7 Commanding Officers

16.10.1741 - 5.6.1743CaptainThomas Limeburner (d.1750) ADM 6/15/468BWAS-17146.6.1743 - 5.10.1743CaptainEdward Legge (d.1747) ADM 6/16/186BWAS-17146.10.1743 - 28.5.1745CaptainGeorge Murray (d.1785) ADM 6/16/226BWAS-171428.5.1745 - 6.2.1745/46CaptainGiles Richard Vanbrugh (d.1745/46)BWAS-171431.7.1755 - 6.1.1761CaptainConingsby Norbury (d.1786) ADM 6/18/184BWAS-17146.1.1761 - 22.1.1761CaptainWilliam Goostrey (d.1762) ADM 6/19/461
Issued by Charles Holmes (1711-1761), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 24.1.1763
ADM 6/19
22.1.1761 - 1.4.1763CaptainArthur Usher (d.1763) ADM 6/19/338BWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers

16.10.1741 - 23.1.1743/44First LieutenantBowles Seymour (d.1747) ADM 6/15/468ADM 6/1516.10.1741 - 29.10.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Simpson (d.1750) ADM 6/15/468ADM 6/1519.3.1743/44 - 28.10.1744First LieutenantCharles Balfour (d.1750) ADM 6/16/280ADM 6/1629.10.1744 - bef.7.4.1748First LieutenantJames Wager (d.c.1748) ADM 6/17/184
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 29.12.1746
ADM 6/17
6.2.1744/45 - 6.4.1748Second LieutenantJohn Bastard (d.1776) ADM 6/17/192
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 19.1.1746/47
ADM 6/17
26.1.1745/46 - 11.9.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Candler (c.1720-1772) ADM 6/17/184
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Commission confirmed 29.12.1746
ADM 6/17
12.9.1746 - 6.4.1748Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Leaky ADM 6/17/151ADM 6/1710.3.1757 - 18.3.1758Third LieutenantHenry Harvey (1737-1810) ADM 3/18/369ODNB

Service History

13.11.1741Completed at Ipswich - Suffolk at a cost of £10236.0.0dBWAS-1714
25.11.1741Began fitting at Harwich Dockyard - Harwich BWAS-1714
1742In the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1714
22.1.1741/42Took the Privateer Perla Biscayna Bay of Biscay
17.2.1741/42Completed fitting at Harwich Dockyard - Harwich at a cost of £4166.3.10dBWAS-1714
30.3.1742Took the Privateer Brig Galgo (8) in the Channel
1743In the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1714
22.4.1743Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora del Carmen Bay of Biscay
10.12.1743Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora del Rosario Bay of Biscay
1744In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1745In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1745Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1746Sailed to Louisbourg and then to homeBWAS-1714
6.10.1747Took the Privateer La Tourterelle (14) off Ireland
22.11.1747Took the Privateer L'Heureux (16) in the soundingsBG
3.12.1747Took the Privateer L'Héroine (16)
2.8.1748Paid off at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness ADM 106
9.1750Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
25.10.1750Ordered by the Admiralty to be repairedBWAS-1714
2.1752Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £8229.6.3dBWAS-1714
12.5.1756Sailed to meet the East Indies shipsBWAS-1714
23.1.1759Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
18.10.1760Action off Cuba
5.6.1761Took the Third Rate Ship of the Line Sainte Anne (64) on the Jamaica station
6.6.1762Operations against Havana

Paid off

ADM 51
26.8.1766Ordered to be borken up for £270.7.6dBWAS-1714
22.12.1766Break up completed at SheernessBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
17461746British Fleet at LouisbourgIsaac Townsend (1684-1765)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:1362The Shipyards of Ipswich Web Site
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
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 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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