Nominal Guns26BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Merchant east indiaman 'Talbot' (1763) (26)
ShipyardBlackwall - London BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Perry (1713-1771)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck125' 9"Imperial Feet38.1091 
Length of Keel108' 10"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Breadth34' 2"Imperial Feet10.3759 
Depth in Hold13' 11"Imperial Feet3.9709 
Burthen675 7494Tons BM 


2.1777Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1777160 BWAS-1714

7 Commanding Officers

18.3.1777 - 8.5.1777CommanderHugh Robinson (1735-1802)BWAS-17148.5.1777 - 18.2.1778CaptainHugh Robinson (1735-1802) ADM 6/21/284BWAS-171418.2.1778 - 28.10.1778CaptainSamuel Warren (d.1792) ADM 6/21/369BWAS-171428.10.1778 - 20.6.1780CaptainCharles Chamberlayne (d.1810) ADM 6/21/500
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795), North America
Commission confirmed 20.1.1779
17.7.1780 - 22.10.1781CommanderJohn Buchanan (c.1735-1791) ADM 6/22/215
Issued by Richard Edwards (1715-1795), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 20.12.1780
22.10.1781 - 27.1.1783CommanderValentine Edwards (d.1799) ADM 6/22/393
Issued by Richard Edwards (1715-1795), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 31.12.1781
ADM 6/23
16.9.1783 - 9.1783CommanderGeorge Burdon ADM 6/23/174
Issued by John Campbell (1719-1790), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 18.12.1783

Service History

3.1777fitting at Blackwall - London BWAS-1714
8.3.1777Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
23.4.1777Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2589.9.8dBWAS-1714
18.5.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1778Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
10.1779Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1780Commissioned as a receiving ship for prisoners at NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.1780Refitted as a Other Vessels Receiving Ship
9.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
24.9.1783Sold at NewfoundlandBWAS-1714


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Posted by Cy on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 08:54

The masters log for Feb 1777 to July 1779 and the captain's log for Feb 1777 to Oct 1779 are both held be the National Archives in Kew.
Go to the archive's discovery site and search for "Proteus log" filtered for the 18C

Posted by David Fagan on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 01:05

How would I find the log for HMS Proteus ?? Starting a Historical Society in my hometown,and it seems no one has accessed Proteus' side of the history there-where she was instrumental in the establishing of a Gun Battery,in 1779.

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