British Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Chester' (1744)
    

Chester

587
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered24.1.1742/43BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down2.1743BWAS-1714
Launched18.2.1743/44BWAS-1714
First Commissioned17.2.1743/44
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 50-Gunner
Constructor Wells & BronsdonBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold28.7.1767BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck139' 11"Imperial Feet42.3679 
Length of Keel113' 5 ⅞"Imperial Feet34.4646 
Breadth40' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet12.2111 
Depth in Hold17' 2"Imperial Feet5.1889 
Burthen976 9194Tons BM 

Armament


18.2.1743/44Broadside 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
1741300Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.2.1743/44 - 5.7.1745CaptainFrancis Geary (1709-1796) ADM 6/16/273BWAS-17146.7.1745 - 23.9.1745CaptainPhilip Durell (1707-1766) ADM 6/17/155
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752)
Commission confirmed 23.9.1746
ADM 6/17
23.9.1745 - 15.5.1750CaptainRichard Spry (1715-1775) ADM 6/17/197BWAS-171412.4.1762 - 4.1763CaptainWilliam Hay (d.1801)BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
21.2.1743/44 - 13.3.1743/44Second LieutenantWheeler Hoult (d.1749) ADM 6/16/273ADM 6/1614.3.1743/44 - 27.6.1745Second LieutenantSir William Johnston (d.1772) ADM 6/16/279ADM 6/1610.12.1744 - 30.9.1745First LieutenantNicholas Cooper (d.1750) ADM 6/16/400ADM 6/1627.6.1745 - 29.9.1745Second LieutenantRichard Manley (d.1758) ADM 6/17/95
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752)
Commission confirmed 25.4.1746
ADM 6/17
30.3.1746 - 4.4.1747First LieutenantWilliam Lloyd (1725-1796) ADM 6/17/183
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752)
Commission confirmed 26.12.1746
ADM 6/17
9.2.1746/47 - 2.7.1747Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Mackenzie ADM 6/17/198ADM 6/174.4.1747 - 15.5.1750First LieutenantWilliam Ley Rooke ADM 6/17/215ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
18.2.1743/44Completed at Deptford at a cost of £13189.0.0dBWAS-1714
18.2.1743/44Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
29.6.1744Sailed from Portsmouth for the East indies in company with Hampton Court (64) and a five ship convoy of East Indiamenref:555
20.2.1744/45Took the Unrated Flûte L'Elephant (16)
24.4.1745Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £6086.19.3dBWAS-1714
6.1745At LouisbourgBWAS-1714
20.6.1747Encounter with a French convoyBWAS-1714
20.6.1747Action of 1747-06-20
9.1747Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
15.5.1750Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard ADM 106
17.6.1750SurveyedBWAS-1714
28.6.1750Admiralty order for repairs, but the work not doneBWAS-1714
12.1757fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £2288.17.8dBWAS-1714
30.5.1760SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1762RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1762Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1762Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £7015.8.9dBWAS-1714
4.1763Paid offBWAS-1714
13.5.1767SurveyedBWAS-1714
28.5.1767Ordered to by sold by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1714
28.7.1767Sold as Woolwich for £515BWAS-1714

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

Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17 ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/16 ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ref:555 Cezayirli Gazi Hasan PaşaAli Rıza İşipekBook
ADM 106 ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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