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Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered26.4.1743BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down29.4.1743BWAS-1714
Launched11.10.1744BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 50-Gunner
ConstructorEdward SnelgroveBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold15.3.1763BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 3"Imperial Feet42.6739 
Length of Keel113' 4 ⅛"Imperial Feet34.4456 
Breadth40' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet12.1984 
Depth in Hold17' 2 ½"Imperial Feet5.1943 
Burthen973 6594Tons BM 

Armament


11.10.1744Broadside 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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.10.1744 - 8.7.1748CaptainCharles Steevens (1705-1761) ADM 6/16/368ODNB5.6.1755 - 26.6.1756CaptainPatrick Baird (1700-1761) ADM 6/18/172BWAS-171426.6.1756 - 15.11.1758CaptainJervis Maplesden (c.1705-1781) ADM 6/18/493
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)
Commission confirmed 8.3.1758
BWAS-1714
15.11.1758 - 5.10.1761CaptainMarriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794) ADM 6/19/4BWAS-171411.11.1761 - 6.12.1762CaptainRichard Hughes (c.1724-1812) ADM 6/19/362BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
17.5.1746 - 1746First LieutenantSwift Brackley (1712-1746)† ADM 6/17/106ADM 6/18

Service History


DateEventSource
11.10.1744Completed at Limehouse at a cost of £13189.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.10.1744Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1.1744/45Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £6192.18.9dBWAS-1714
6.8.1745Took the Privateer Petit Begogne
9.2.1745/46Took the Fourth Rate Ship of the Line L'Auguste (52)
19.11.1746Took the Sixth Rate Frégate Légère La Subtile (20)
5.6.1747Took the Privateer Le Grand Passe Partout (10)
14.10.17472nd Battle of Cape Finisterre
31.1.1747/48Action of 1748/01/31
31.1.1747/48Took the Third Rate Ship of the Line Le Magnanime (74) in the SoundingsBG
8.7.1748Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 106
28.1.1748/49SurveyedBWAS-1714
2.1750Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
18.4.1750SurveyedBWAS-1714
5.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2859.19.8dBWAS-1714
6.1755RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1755Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
20.5.1756Battle of Minorca
5.4.1757Action of 5th April 1757
1758Operations against St Malo, Cherbourg and St CasBWAS-1714
20.1.1759Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
18.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
15.3.1761Sailed to meet the East India ships at St HelenaBWAS-1714
1762In the DownsBWAS-1714
19.9.1762SurveyedBWAS-1714
18.12.1762SurveyedBWAS-1714
27.12.1762Ordered to be sold for £800 by the AdmiraltyBWAS-1714
15.3.1763Sold at SheernessBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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