Swallow -> 1738 Princess Louisa

Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.12.1729BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.2.1732/33BWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 60-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorPeirson Lock (d.1755)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up4.3.1742/43BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck144' 0"Imperial Feet43.8912 
Length of Keel117' 0"Imperial Feet35.6616 
Breadth39' 0"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold16' 5"Imperial Feet4.898 
Draught Forward9' 3"Imperial Feet2.8194 
Draught Aft14' 3"Imperial Feet4.2863 
Burthen951 2794Tons BM 


6.10.1732Broadside Weight = 435 Imperial Pound ( 197.2725 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719365Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

27.2.1732/33 - 22.11.1733CaptainRobert Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/14/136BWAS-171423.11.1733 - 2.5.1737CaptainThomas Graves (d.1755) ADM 6/14/155BWAS-171416.5.1738 - 27.7.1738CaptainThomas Graves (d.1755) ADM 6/15/116ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 29.9.1741CaptainThomas Waterhouse (d.1743) ADM 6/16/135BWAS-171430.9.1740 - 16.4.1741CaptainMiles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/16/89BWAS-171416.4.1741 - 5.6.1741CaptainWilliam Cleland (d.1744) ADM 6/16/163
Commission confirmed 30.3.1743
ADM 6/16
8.6.1741 - 20.11.1742CaptainBenjamin Young (d.1754) ADM 6/16/118
Commission confirmed 22.11.1742

7 Commissioned Officers

27.2.1732/33 - 1.1.1733/34First LieutenantRobert Pysing (d.1748) ADM 6/14/136ADM 6/1427.2.1732/33 - 3.8.1736Second LieutenantGeorge Tocketts ADM 6/15/136ADM 6/1427.2.1732/33 - 25.3.1737Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Pellatt ADM 6/15/136ADM 6/1426.3.1737 - 2.5.1737Second LieutenantEdward Bradston (1708-1742) ADM 6/15/75
Commission confirmed 15.7.1737
ADM 6/15
16.5.1738 - 15.7.1739Second LieutenantJohn Pitman (d.1751/52) ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - bef.11.12.1741First LieutenantAndrew Stevens (d.bef.1741)† ADM 6/16/135ADM 6/153.2.1741/42 - 10.11.1743Second LieutenantSamuel Pitchford ADM 6/16/120
Commission confirmed 30.11.1742
ADM 6/16

1 Warrant Officer

27.4.1733 - 6.6.1733Midshipman ExtraFrancis Withers (d.c.1751) ADM 6/14/143ADM 6/14

3 Petty Officers

27.2.1732/33 - 1733Volunteer-per-orderPhilip Manning Columbine (d.1746) ADM 6/14/136ADM 6/1411.1.1738/39 - 12.11.1740MidshipmanRobert Farmar (c.1715-c.1758) ADM 107/3/482ADM107/312.11.1740 - 18.9.1742Master's MateRobert Farmar (c.1715-c.1758) ADM 107/3/482ADM107/3

1 Crewman

24.6.1738 - 19.10.1738Able SeamanChristopher Lobb (c.1719-?) ADM 107/3/556ADM107/3

Service History

1733Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
28.4.1733Completed at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £14103.8.5dBWAS-1714
28.4.1733Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4018.2.2dBWAS-1714
1735In theTagisBWAS-1714
1737Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
1738Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1057.8.8dBWAS-1714
16.1.1737/38Renamed Princess LouisaBWAS-1714
2.7.1739Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
21.11.1739At Porto BelloBWAS-1714
21.11.1739Attack on Puerto Bello
23.3.1739/40At ChagresBWAS-1714
4.3.1740/41Operations against Cartagena
1.7.1742Sailed with a convoy for homeBWAS-1714
20.11.1742Paid offADM33
7.12.1742Ordered reduced to 50 gunsBWAS-1714
23.12.1742Surveyed and ordered to be rebuilt (new ship to be built in her room)BWAS-1714
4.3.1742/43Break up completed at WoolwichBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
25.7.1739-1741British Fleet in the West indiesEdward Vernon (1684-1757) 


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
ADM33ADM 33 - Navy Board: Navy Pay Office: Ships' Pay Books (Series I) Archive

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