Royal Sovereign

Nominal Guns104BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.10.1723BWAS-1714
First Commissioned2.2.1740/41BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Constructor Benjamin Rosewell (d.1742)BWAS-1714
CategoryFirst RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up17.5.1768BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck175' 0"Imperial Feet53.34 
Length of Keel140' 0"Imperial Feet42.672 
Breadth50' 3 ½"Imperial Feet15.2527 
Depth in Hold20' 1"Imperial Feet6.1214 
Burthen1,883 4694Tons BM 


2.1741Broadside Weight = 1140 Imperial Pound ( 516.99 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 42-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

9 Ship Commanders

2.2.1740/41 - 5.4.1742Captain Robert Allen (c.1675-1752) Transfered ADM 6/16/375BWAS-171416.1.1743/44 - 14.2.1743/44Captain Christopher O'Brien (d.1743/44) Discharged Dead ADM 6/16/260ADM 6/162.3.1743/44 - 17.7.1744Captain William Davies (d.1759) ADM 6/16/276BWAS-171418.7.1744 - 6.11.1744Captain Thomas Hanway (c.1715-1772) Transfered ADM 6/16/342BWAS-17147.11.1744 - 19.8.1745Captain Thomas Smith (c.1707-1762) ADM 6/16/380BWAS-171420.8.1745 - 13.10.1747Captain John Orme (1686-1764) Transfered ADM 6/16/530BWAS-171416.10.1755 - 22.5.1759Captain William Boys (1700-1774) ADM 6/18/202BWAS-17147.8.1759 - 13.3.1759Captain Thomas Lynn (d.1781) ADM 6/19/84ADM 6/1927.10.1759 - 27.12.1762Captain Robert Hathorn (c.1719-1789) ADM 6/19/98BWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

10.1757 - 1758Admiral Thomas Smith (c.1707-1762)BWAS-171410.1760 - 1760Rear-Admiral of the White Francis Geary (1709-1796)E-WIKI1763 - 9.1763Vice-Admiral Francis Holburne (1704-1771) ADM 107/3/53BWAS-1714

29 Commissioned Officers

2.2.1740/41 - 4.2.1740/41Sixth Lt. & Lt. at Arms William Mawman (d.bef.1752) ADM 6/15/375ADM 6/155.2.1740/41 - 7.2.1741/42Fifth Lieutenant William Mawman (d.bef.1752) ADM 6/16/378ADM 6/155.2.1740/41 - 27.9.1741Sixth Lt. & Lt. at Arms Baker Phillips (c.1718-1745) ADM 6/15/378ADM 6/1520.3.1740/41 - 20.9.1741Acting Fourth Lieutenant Magnus Goddard (c.1713-1744) ADM 6/15/401ADM 6/1521.9.1741 - 7.2.1741/42Third Lieutenant Magnus Goddard (c.1713-1744) ADM 6/16/459ADM 6/1528.9.1741 - 7.2.1741/42Sixth Lt. & Lt. at Arms Henry Prettie (1708-1768) ADM 6/16/461ADM 6/158.2.1741/42 - 19.2.1741/42Second Lieutenant Magnus Goddard (c.1713-1744) ADM 6/16/12ADM 6/168.2.1741/42 - 15.3.1741/42Acting Fourth Lieutenant William Mawman (d.bef.1752) ADM 6/16/12ADM 6/168.2.1741/42 - 15.3.1741/42Sixth Lt. & Lt. at Arms Matteate Brady (1718-1786) ADM 6/16/12ADM 6/1620.2.1741/42 - 2.7.1742First Lieutenant Magnus Goddard (c.1713-1744) Transfered ADM 6/16/18ADM 6/1616.3.1741/42 - 2.7.1742Third Lieutenant William Mawman (d.bef.1752) Transfered ADM 6/16/31ADM 6/1616.3.1741/42 - 22.11.1742Acting Fourth Lieutenant Henry Prettie (1708-1768) Transfered ADM 6/16/31ADM 6/1624.1.1743/44 - 2.2.1743/44Second Lieutenant William Thomas ADM 6/16/262ADM 6/1624.1.1743/44 - 2.2.1743/44Third Lieutenant Francis Mohun (d.1744) ADM 6/16/262ADM 6/1624.1.1743/44 - 3.1.1744/45Acting Fourth Lieutenant Bowles Seymour (d.1747) ADM 6/16/262ADM 6/1624.1.1743/44 - 3.12.1744Fifth Lieutenant Roger Adams (d.1749) ADM 6/16/262ADM 6/1624.1.1743/44 - 19.11.1744Sixth Lt. & Lt. at Arms Edward Keller (d.1750) ADM 6/16/262ADM 6/163.2.1743/44 - 12.10.1744First Lieutenant William Thomas ADM 6/16/267ADM 6/163.2.1743/44 - 20.7.1744Second Lieutenant Francis Mohun (d.1744) Transfered ADM 6/16/267ADM 6/163.2.1743/44 - 22.11.1744Third Lieutenant Robert Watkins (d.1746) ADM 6/16/267ADM 6/1616.10.1744 - 25.8.1745First Lieutenant John Hyde (c.1712-1753) ADM 6/16/372ADM 6/1616.10.1744 - 15.11.1744Second LieutenantThe Hon. John Bermingham (c.1718-1746) ADM 6/16/372ADM 6/1623.11.1744 - 28.8.1745Second Lieutenant Robert Watkins (d.1746) ADM 6/16/393ADM 6/164.1.1744/45 - 28.8.1745Third Lieutenant Bowles Seymour (d.1747) ADM 6/16/416ADM 6/1629.8.1745 - 29.7.1746First Lieutenant Robert Watkins (d.1746)† ADM 6/16/536ADM 6/1629.8.1745 - 10.1.1745/46Second Lieutenant Bowles Seymour (d.1747) ADM 6/16/536ADM 6/1623.1.1745/46 - 3.6.1746Sixth Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Burges (c.1721-c.1751) ADM 6/17/47ADM 6/1713.4.1747 - 9.10.1747Second Lieutenant Louis Lasinby (c.1710-1754) Transfered ADM 6/17/218ADM 6/1710.6.1747 - 9.10.1747Fifth Lieutenant Edward Leighton (c.1725-1750) Transfered ADM 6/17/236ADM 6/19

1 Warrant Officer

1741 - 2.11.1741Boatswain Edward Hutchins (d.1764) ADM 6/15/473ADM 6/15

4 Petty Officers

12.1744 - 3.1744/45Midshipman Alexander Arthur Hood (1726-1814) Transfered ADM 107/3/53ODNB1758 - 27.5.1758Midshipman Robert Leslie Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 363.7.1759 - 6.2.1760Midshipman Henry Clark (c.1738-1773) ADM 107/5/180ADM 107/529.3.1761 - 1761Midshipman John Woodref:849

18 Crewmen

1758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman Timothy Dixon Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman John Morgan Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman John Escutcheon Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman David Corbett Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman John Fisher Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman John Boydd Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman John Sheen Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman William Bignal Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman Robert Thurwell Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Able Seaman John Hinks ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Landman John Jordan Transfered ADM 36/4801/118ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Landman Richard Warn Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Landman William Holland Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Landman William Coles Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Landman Walter Davis Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361758 - 27.5.1758Unknown William Martin Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 3627.5.1758 - 1758Quarter Gunner William Northover Transfered ADM 36/4801/117ADM 361762 - 27.12.1762Unknown Roger Curtis (1746-1816)ref:616

Service History

3.1728/29Completed at a cost of £34,720.4.4dBWAS-1714
2.1741Commissioned for Norris' fleetBWAS-1714
14.4.1742Paid offADM 51
12.1743Started refitting at ChathamBWAS-1714
3.1743/44Completed refit at a cost of £8,231.19.8dBWAS-1714
5.1745At the NoreBWAS-1714
12.1745In the approaches to the ThamesBWAS-1714
17.10.1747Paid offADM 51
3.1.1747/48Surveyed but no repair carried outBWAS-1714
10.1755Started refitting as a 90-gun shipBWAS-1714
1756At the NoreBWAS-1714
5.1756Completed refitting at a cost of £10,888.19.4dBWAS-1714
1757In the Western squadronBWAS-1714
1757In the DownsBWAS-1714
1758At SpitheadBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
9.1759Fitted to lie in the Downs at a cost of £3,354.13.7dBWAS-1714
1761Started harbour serviceBWAS-1714
27.12.1762Paid offADM 51
9.9.1763Surveyed and found to be in need of a great repairBWAS-1714
18.4.1768Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
17.5.1768Break up completed at Portsmouth at £778.18.8dBWAS-1714


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