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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
ConstructorEdward SnelgroveBWAS-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 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 - 11.9.1758CaptainJervis 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 - 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 Petit Begogne
9.2.1745/46Took the Ship of the Line L'Auguste (52)
19.11.1746Took the 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 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 - 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


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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