Rotterdam -> 1799 Princess Caroline

Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyDutch Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Rotterdam' (1761) (52)
First Commissioned6.1781BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotterdam - Holland M01
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck134' 4"Imperial Feet40.8462 
Length of Keel114' 4"Imperial Feet34.7545 
Breadth38' 6"Imperial Feet11.6015 
Depth in Hold15' 3 ½"Imperial Feet4.5847 
Burthen877 7394Tons BM 


6.1781Broadside Weight = 315 Imperial Pound ( 142.8525 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck22 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

2 Ship Commanders

22.6.1781 - 25.11.1782Captain John Knowles (d.1801) ADM 6/22/303BWAS-171425.11.1782 - 10.1783Captain John Wickey (1750-1833) ADM 6/22/545BWAS-1714

Service History

24.1.1781Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
14.9.1781Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £11143.15.11dBWAS-1714
7.10.1781Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
31.1.1782Sailed for the Leeward Islands after returning homeBWAS-1714
10.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
14.12.1784Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1785Refitted as a Unrated Sheer Hulk
8.4.1785Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1799Renamed Princess CarolineBWAS-1714
17.7.1806Sold to William Beatson for £1,100BWAS-1714


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