Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down20.1.1742/43BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.3.1743/44BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 50-GunnerBWAS-1714
Constructor Philemon EwerBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet42.6911 
Length of Keel113' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet34.4488 
Breadth40' 2"Imperial Feet12.2428 
Depth in Hold17' 3 ¼"Imperial Feet5.188 
Burthen974 1994Tons BM 


17.3.1743/44Broadside 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

5 Ship Commanders

14.3.1743/44 - 20.3.1745/46Captain Thomas Grenville (1719-1747) Transfered ADM 6/16/179BWAS-17148.1746 - 10.1747Captain Blumfield Barradall (d.1749)BWAS-171423.10.1747 - 9.8.1748Captain John Byron (1723-1786) ADM 6/17/277BWAS-17147.10.1755 - 11.3.1757Captain Francis William Drake (1724-1787) ADM 6/18/198BWAS-171411.3.1757 - 11.11.1762Captain Francis Samuel Drake (1729-1789) ADM 3/18/368ADM 6/18

11 Commissioned Officers

30.4.1744 - 12.7.1744First Lieutenant James Beranger (1721-1744) Transfered ADM 6/16/304ADM 6/164.2.1744/45 - 4.7.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Midwinter (c.1712-1753) ADM 6/16/435ADM 6/165.7.1745 - 10.1.1745/46Second Lieutenant John Midwinter (c.1712-1753) ADM 6/16/504ADM 6/1611.1.1745/46 - 25.5.1746First Lieutenant John Midwinter (c.1712-1753) Transfered ADM 6/17/42ADM 6/1711.1.1745/46 - 25.5.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Spiller (d.1754) Transfered ADM 6/17/42ADM 6/1726.5.1746 - 12.11.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Ambrose Cramer (d.1747) ADM 6/17/143ADM 6/1713.11.1746 - 30.10.1747First Lieutenant Charles Garencieres (d.1770) ADM 6/17/173ADM 6/1713.11.1746 - 17.12.1746Second Lieutenant Ambrose Cramer (d.1747) Transfered ADM 6/17/173ADM 6/1713.11.1746 - 18.8.1747Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Nutall (d.1757) ADM 6/17/173ADM 6/1718.8.1747 - 2.11.1747Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Richard Robarts ADM 6/17/258ADM 6/172.11.1747 - 12.8.1748Second Lieutenant Richard Robarts ADM 6/17/280ADM 6/17

Service History

17.3.1743/44Completed at a cost of £12584.0.0dBWAS-1714
17.3.1743/44Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.6.1744Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6156.17.7dBWAS-1714
1745Off Cape ClearBWAS-1714
16.3.1744/45Took the Privateer Le Conquérant
3.4.1745Took the Privateer Le Champfleur
1746In the Bay of BiscayBWAS-1714
22.2.1747Took the Ship Le Tigre (26) after a chase of 5 hours in the Channel and brought her into Falmouth .BG
3.5.17471st Battle of Cape Finisterre
3.5.1747Took the East Indiaman Le Philibert (40)
17.12.1747Took the Privateer Le Gran San Juan
12.8.1748Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard ADM 106
3.1756Began refitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
1.1757Completed refitting at a cost of £7354.8.0dBWAS-1714
30.6.1757Sailed for America with the Highland regimentBWAS-1714
1758In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
15.2.1759Sailed to meet the East Indies shipsBWAS-1714
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
7.3.1760Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.1761Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
3.6.1761Occupation of Dominica
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
11.11.1762Paid offADM 33
1763Returned home from the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
10.8.1768Turned over to the Agent Victualler at ChathamBWAS-1714


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Posted by Cy on Sunday 7th of July 2019 16:51

For his records on Three Decks see 'Blumfield Barradall' as recorded in Syrett and DiNardo and as spelt in original ADM 6 records. He was commissioned captain of the Stirling Castle on 23 Jan 1745/6 (ADM 6/17) and apparently commanded until Dec 1747 when the ship paid off. The dates of commission are correct and supported by ADM 6 records. The commission as commander was 1 Feb 1742/3 and that as Lieutenant 17 mar 1731/32 in Jamaica by Adm Wager and not confirmed until 6 June 1732.

He does appear to have commanded the Falkland between Aug 1746 and Oct 1747 (from ADM 106 letters), but there is no extant commission to confirm the dates.

Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 7th of July 2019 01:50

Captain Bloomfield or Blumfield Barradell (with other spellings, such as Barrowdale), not Thomas Grenville was captain of Falkland in 1746–47. BWAS-1714, p. 149: "In 1746". Accounts of the First Battle of Cape Finisterre list him as captain of Falkland then (May 3/14, 1747). Charnock, V, 279 agrees but doesn't have much else about him. I couldn't find a personal entry for him here, but he is in contemporary lists of R.N. captains and in Syrett & DiNardo: Lt. Mar. 17, 1732; Cdr., Feb. 1, 1743 (PRO; I assume this is in the unofficial, not the official, year); Capt. June 18, 1744; † Nov. 25, 1749 (source: "M" in my notes, perhaps NMM). If an entry is added for him, there should be cross-references to the various spellings.

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