Nominal Guns58
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.2.1742/43
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth
Ship Class1741 Establishment 60-Gunner
Designed byPeirson Lock (d.1755)
ConstructorPeirson Lock (d.1755)
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck147' 0"Imperial Feet44.8056 
Length of Keel119' 9"Imperial Feet36.2832 
Breadth42' 0"Imperial Feet12.8016 
Depth in Hold18' 1"Imperial Feet5.4896 
Burthen1,123 5794Tons BM 


1745Broadside Weight = 474 Imperial Pound ( 214.959 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

9 Commanding Officers

12.7.1745 - 18.3.1745/46CaptainLord Alexander Ogilvy (bef.1718-1746) ADM 6/16/508ADM 6/1619.3.1745/46 - 29.12.1747CaptainRobert Harland (c.1715-1783) ADM 6/17/75ADM 6/1729.12.1747 - 22.1.1747/48CaptainSamuel Maisterson (d.1762) ADM 6/17/303ADM 6/1722.1.1747/48 - 8.2.1747/48CaptainRichard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/17/314ADM 6/178.2.1747/48 - 5.5.1748CaptainRobert Hughes (c.1716-1774) ADM 6/17/320ADM 6/176.5.1748 - 2.8.1748CaptainOrmond Thomson (d.1753) ADM 6/17/469
Issued by Henry Osborne (1694-1771)
Commission confirmed 9.6.1749
2.8.1748 - 1.3.1748/49CaptainCharles Powlett (c.1711-1762) ADM 6/17/470
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 19.6.1749
10.7.1755 - 7.2.1757CaptainThorpe Fowke (d.1784) ADM 6/18/179ADM 6/187.2.1757 - 25.9.1757CaptainHenry Barnsley (c.1715-1757)† ADM 6/18/353BWAS-1714

11 Commissioned Officers

13.7.1745 - 22.5.1746Second LieutenantPhineas Seymour ADM 6/16/511ADM 6/1613.7.1745 - 27.3.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Grant ADM 6/16/511ADM 6/1628.3.1746 - 13.1.1747/48Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Stevens ADM 6/17/80ADM 6/1723.5.1746 - 13.1.1747/48Second LieutenantBellen Tatton ADM 6/17/107ADM 6/1813.1.1747/48 - 8.2.1747/48First LieutenantBellen Tatton ADM 6/17/309ADM 6/1713.1.1747/48 - 9.4.1748Second LieutenantJames Stevens ADM 6/17/309ADM 6/1729.2.1747/48 - 24.5.1748Second LieutenantSalkeld John Proctor ADM 6/17/326ADM 6/175.5.1748 - 24.5.1748First LieutenantHugh Robertson ADM 6/17/443
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 14.2.1748/49
ADM 6/17
24.5.1748 - 1.11.1748Second LieutenantHugh Robertson ADM 6/17/443
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 14.2.1748/49
ADM 6/17
1.11.1748 - 1.3.1748/49Second LieutenantJohn Neale (d.c.1785) ADM 6/17/460
Issued by The Hon. Fitzroy Henry Lee (d.1751), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 5.5.1749
ADM 6/17
1.11.1748 - 1.3.1748/49Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHugh Robertson ADM 6/17/443
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 14.2.1748/49
ADM 6/17

Service History

7.1745Commissioned for the Downs in Autumn and WinterBWAS-1714
9.9.1745Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £25207.17.8dBWAS-1714
20.9.1746Lorient Operations
20.12.1746Arrived in the Downs with a convoy of East Indies shipsWTIL
14.10.17472nd Battle of Cape Finisterre
1748Voyage to Jamaica
1748Voyage to JamaicaBWAS-1793
12.10.1748Battle of Havana
1749Arrived in Halifax, Nova ScotiaBWAS-1793
1.3.1748/49Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 106
5.1750Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2746.14.1dBWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.1757Sailed from Corke as as part of Francis Holburne (1704-1771) squadron
7.1757The fleet of 15 vessels arrived in Halifax Nova ScotiaBWAS-1793
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
25.9.1757Wrecked in a Hurricane off Cape BretonBWAS-1714

Notes on Ship

When she sank, 280 of the 400 men onboard were saved with the help of the French from Louisburg.

Captain [Henry Barnsley] died when the Tilbury was wrecked.


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
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
WTILWeb Page on the TilburyUnknownBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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