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Nominal Guns26BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardBlackwall - London BWAS-1714
John PerryBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1713-1771
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShipBWAS-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 Ship Commanders

18.3.1777 - 8.5.1777Commander
Hugh RobinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1794
8.5.1777 - 18.2.1778Captain
Hugh RobinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1794
Transfered ADM 6/21/284
18.2.1778 - 28.10.1778Captain
Samuel WarrenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1778
ADM 6/21/369
28.10.1778 - 20.10.1779Captain
Charles ChamberlayneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1805
ADM 6/21/500
Issued by
John MontaguBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1787
, North America
Confirmed 20.1.1779
17.7.1780 - 22.10.1781Commander
John BuchananBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1783
ADM 6/22/215
Issued by
Richard EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1794
, Newfoundland - Canada
Confirmed 20.12.1780
22.10.1781 - 27.1.1783Commander
Valentine EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1799
Transfered ADM 6/22/393
Issued by
Richard EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1794
, Newfoundland - Canada
Confirmed 31.12.1781
ADM 6/23
16.9.1783 - 24.9.1783Commander
George BurdonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1814
ADM 6/23/174
Issued by
John CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1790
, Newfoundland - Canada
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

Sailed for the Leeward Islands


Sailed for Newfoundland


Paid off

ADM 34
7.1780Refitted as a Other Vessels Receiving Ship

Commissioned as a receiving ship for prisoners at Newfoundland


Paid off and sold at Newfoundland Colony



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Posted by Albert Parker on Tuesday 29th of June 2021 03:37

Some lieutenants' journals (sometimes called "logs") are at TNA but some are at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. There wouldn't be an admiral's journal because Proteus wasn't a flagship. The easiest source for the ship's daily activities is the captain's journal (or "log"). The master's log includes detailed navigational information, sometimes hourly, including speed, course, and wind direction, with a "remarks" column that sometimes includes additional information about the ship's operations and sometimes duplicates the captain's journal. Lieutenants' journals sometimes also duplicate the captain's journal, but are a last resort if the captain's journal is not available. None of these are on-line: you have to go to Kew and ask for the original, or pay a professional registered researcher to photograph the entries for the dates of interest. (I can recommend one if that is necessary; TNA maintains a list of registered researchers by specialty on their Web site.)

Posted by Cy on Wednesday 23rd of June 2021 17:29

Before about 1800 the Royal Navy did not keep separate ship logs, only those of various officers, captains, lieutenants and masters as well as admirals journals.
So no, ship logs for the Proteus have never existed.

Posted by Gary Kett on Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 01:26

Was the ships log still in existence or was it lost?

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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