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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 - London BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 50-GunnerBWAS-1714
Constructor
Edward SnelgroveBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
2.10.1744 - 8.7.1748Captain
Charles SteevensBritish
Naval Sailor
Ship Owner
Service 1729
ADM 6/16/368
ODNB
5.6.1755 - 26.6.1756Captain
Patrick BairdBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1761
ADM 6/18/172
BWAS-1714
26.6.1756 - 11.9.1758Captain
Jervis MaplesdenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1721-1727
ADM 6/18/493
Issued by
The Hon. John ByngBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1757

Confirmed 8.3.1758
BWAS-1714
15.11.1758 - 5.10.1761Captain
Marriot ArbuthnotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1793
Transfered ADM 6/19/4
BWAS-1714
11.11.1761 - 6.12.1762Captain
Richard HughesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1805
ADM 6/19/362
BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
17.5.1746 - 1746First Lieutenant
Swift BrackleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1748
Discharged Dead ADM 6/17/106
ADM 6/18

Service History


DateEventSource
11.10.1744Completed at Limehouse - London at a cost of £13189.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.10.1744Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
12.1.1744/45Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6192.18.9dBWAS-1714
6.8.1745Took the Privateer
Le Petit Begogne 1745-1745
French Privateer

9.2.1745/46Took the Ship of the Line
L'Auguste (52) 1741-1746
French 52 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line

19.11.1746Took the Frégate Légère
La Subtile (20) 1741-1746
French 20 Gun
6th Rate Frégate Légère
BG
31.1.1747Action of 1747/01/31
31.1.1747Took the Ship of the Line
Le Magnanime (74) 1744-1748
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
in the Soundings
BG
5.6.1747Took the Privateer
Le Grand Passe Partout (10) 1747-1747
French 10 Gun
Privateer

14.10.17472nd Battle of Cape Finisterre
8.7.1748Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 106
28.1.1748/49SurveyedBWAS-1714
2.1750Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
18.4.1750SurveyedBWAS-1714
5.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth 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 April 5 1757
1758Operations against St Malo, Cherbourg and St CasBWAS-1714
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
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

 

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