Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down13.6.1751BWAS-1714
First Commissioned18.1.1757BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1745 Establishment 50-GunnerBWAS-1714
Designed byJoseph Allin (d.1716)BWAS-1714
ConstructorAdam Hayes (d.1785)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up1.1815BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck143' 3"Imperial Feet43.5882 
Length of Keel115' 4"Imperial Feet35.0588 
Breadth41' 3"Imperial Feet12.573 
Depth in Hold17' 3"Imperial Feet5.1925 
Burthen1,043 8194Tons BM 


7.2.1757Broadside Weight = 414 Imperial Pound ( 187.749 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1745350Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

18.1.1757 - 6.5.1763CaptainJohn Evans (1717-1794) ADM 6/18/345ADM 6/1819.5.1766 - 11.5.1769CaptainAlan Gardner (1742-1809) ADM 6/20/121BWAS-171411.5.1769 - 2.10.1769CaptainBasil Keith (c.1734-1777) ADM 6/20/259
Issued by William Parry (c.1699-1779)
Commission confirmed 18.10.1769
10.1.1771 - 26.1.1774CaptainEvelyn Sutton ADM 6/20/333ADM 6/2026.1.1774 - 8.4.1776CaptainJohn Robinson (c.1733-c.1807) ADM 6/21/11BWAS-17148.4.1776 - 28.7.1779CaptainSamuel Uppleby (c.1733-1780) ADM 6/21/178BWAS-171428.7.1779 - 23.10.1780CaptainWilliam Truscott (1734-1798) ADM 6/22/196
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Commission confirmed 10.11.1780
13.3.1781 - 13.8.1781CaptainAlexander Graeme (1741-1818) ADM 6/22/261BWAS-17145.8.1781 - 6.9.1781Acting CaptainJames Saumarez (1757-1836)ODNB6.9.1781 - 17.3.1783CaptainPatrick Leslie (c.1733-1783) ADM 6/22/333BWAS-171417.3.1783 - 3.4.1784CaptainGeorge Martin (1765-1847) ADM 6/23/192
Issued by Joshua Rowley (1734-1790), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 21.2.1784

4 Flag Officers

22.5.1759 - 4.7.1761CommodoreWilliam Boys (1700-1774) ADM 6/19/67BWAS-17141767 - 1769Rear-Admiral of the BlueWilliam Parry (c.1699-1779)BWAS-17141.1774 - 2.1776Vice-Admiral of the BlueSamuel Graves (1713-1787)BWAS-17144.1776 - 1780CommodoreWilliam Hotham (1736-1813)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

26.1.1774 - 14.11.1775Second LieutenantAlexander Graeme (1741-1818) ADM 6/21/11ADM 6/21

3 Petty Officers

27.2.1774 - 28.9.1774MidshipmanCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO29.9.1774 - 17.6.1775Master's MateCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO6.1775 - 11.1775MidshipmanPhilip D'Auvergne (1754-1816)ref:616

Service History

18.12.1757Sailed for the Levant with a convoyBWAS-1714
21.5.1759Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

6.1764Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1765Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4987.14.5dBWAS-1714
2.8.1766Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1767Flagship at JamaicaBWAS-1714
1768Flagship at JamaicaBWAS-1714
1769Flagship at JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

1.1772Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1773Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £20124.13.7dBWAS-1714
1.1774Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1774Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3724.1.6dBWAS-1714
29.4.1774Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1775Returned homeBWAS-1714
6.5.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.1776Sailed to Rhode IslandBWAS-1714
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
22.7.1778At Sandy HookBWAS-1714
4.11.1778Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1780In the West Indies and home to pay offBWAS-1714
23.10.1780Paid offADM 51
11.1780Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.1781Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £11282.0.4dBWAS-1714
5.8.1781Battle of Dogger Bank
8.6.1782Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

4.1785Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
10.1785Refitted as a Other Vessels Sheer Hulk
10.1785Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1.1815Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1.1.1775-1.1.1775North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775Samuel Graves (1713-1787) 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 12th of August 2018 10:54

HMS Preston: assigned 'Captain Basil Keith', 'Robert Reid' and 'Ja[me]s Keating'; 11 May to 2 October 1769; West Indies
ADM 346/21/30

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