Portland Prize

Portland's Prize
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fourth Rate ship of the line 'L'Auguste' (1741) (52)
First Commissioned10.4.1746
ShipyardBrest - Brittany NNF-1715
ConstructorJean GeoffroyNNF-1715
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 2"Imperial Feet40.8447 
Length of Keel109' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet33.2296 
Breadth38' 7"Imperial Feet11.6046 
Depth in Hold15' 3 ½"Imperial Feet4.5847 
Burthen866 5094Tons BM 


4.1746Broadside Weight = 318 Imperial Pound ( 144.213 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1746300 BWAS-1714

1 Commanding Officer

10.4.1746 - 27.6.1748CaptainJohn Hill (c.1722-1773) ADM 6/17/86BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

14.4.1746 - 12.5.1746Second LieutenantWilliam Coney (d.1754) ADM 6/17/88ADM 6/17

Service History

27.2.1745/46Surveyed and purchased at PlymouthBWAS-1714
3.1745/46Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
3.3.1745/46Ordered to be fitted at Plymouth by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1714
7.1746Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £6030.6.11dBWAS-1714
9.1746Off Cape ClearBWAS-1714
28.6.1748Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth ADM 106
6.1.1748/49Ordered to be sold by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1714
17.5.1749Sold for £501BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1715Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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