Princess Royal

Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned21.4.1740BWAS-1714
Ship TypeStoreship BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck123' 0"Imperial Feet37.4904 
Length of Keel100' 11 ½"Imperial Feet30.4927 
Breadth31' 9"Imperial Feet9.6774 
Depth in Hold13' 10"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen541 2894Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.1739120 BWAS-1714
4.174077 BWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers

21.4.1740 - 4.5.1741CommanderNathaniel Tucker ADM 6/16/279BWAS-17145.5.1741 - 1.9.1743CommanderJames Douglas (1703-1787) ADM 6/16/173
Commission confirmed 2.2.1741/42
ADM 6/16
23.4.1744 - 23.1.1745/46CommanderCharles Knowler (d.1789) ADM 6/16/299BWAS-171423.1.1745/46 - 28.1.1745/46CommanderAmbrose Seccombe (d.1758) ADM 6/17/48ADM 6/1729.1.1745/46 - 18.5.1747CommanderChristopher Hill (c.1716-1778) ADM 6/17/51BWAS-171418.5.1747 - 14.9.1748CommanderEdward Barber (d.1762) ADM 6/17/226ADM 6/17

3 Commissioned Officers

21.4.1744 - 21.12.1744LieutenantEdward Ham (d.1748) ADM 6/16/299ADM 6/1622.8.1746 - 13.3.1746/47LieutenantJoseph Fraine (d.1802) ADM 6/17/175
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 25.11.1746
ADM 6/17
13.3.1746/47 - 13.1.1747/48LieutenantRobert Bond (c.1722-1772) ADM 6/17/207ADM 6/17

Service History

21.11.1739Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £3789.1.8dBWAS-1714
23.11.1739Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.1740Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Hospital Ship BWAS-1714
10.7.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6795.18.4dBWAS-1714
4.3.1740/41Operations against Cartagena
7.1741Operations against Santiago
5.1743Began small repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.1744Recommissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
4.1744Refitted as a 24 gun Unrated Storeship BWAS-1714
6.1744Completed small repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £8743.10.10dBWAS-1714
12.1747Returned homeBWAS-1714
6.1.1747/48Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
4.6.1750Sold at Portsmouth for £1,590BWAS-1714

Notes on Ship

Mercantile Princess Royal purchased from Mr M. Macclesfield


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive

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