Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down19.8.1766BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.5.1770BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSalisbury ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJoseph Harris (d.1773)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck146' 0"Imperial Feet44.5008 
Length of Keel120' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet36.5824 
Breadth40' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet12.1984 
Depth in Hold17' 4"Imperial Feet5.1961 
Burthen1,051 8194Tons BM 


2.10.1769Broadside 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
2.4.1766350Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

30.5.1770 - 6.3.1772CaptainAndrew Barkley (c.1737-1790) ADM 6/20/579ADM 6/202.9.1773 - 3.12.1778CaptainGeorge Robinson Walters (c.1742-1789) ADM 6/20/513BWAS-17147.8.1778 - 4.9.1780CaptainCharles Inglis (c.1731-1791) ADM 6/21/441BWAS-171428.11.1782 - 10.4.1783CaptainJohn Sutton ADM 6/22/546ADM 6/2210.4.1783 - 13.12.1785CaptainJames Bradby (d.1809) ADM 6/23/47BWAS-17141.3.1786 - 28.11.1788CaptainErasmus Gower (1742-1814): on board from 8.3.1786 ADM 6/23/318BWAS-171425.3.1789 - 13.5.1789CaptainDavidge Gould (1758-1847): on board from 6.4.1789 ADM 6/23/516BWAS-171413.5.1789 - 10.5.1790CaptainWilliam Domett (1754-1828) ADM 6/23/525ref:61620.5.1790 - 2.12.1791CaptainEdward Pellew (1757-1833) ADM 6/24/32ADM 6/246.1795 - 13.5.1796CaptainWilliam Mitchell (1746-1816)BWAS-1714

8 Flag Officers

11.7.1770 - 6.3.1772CommodoreJames Gambier (1723-1789)BWAS-17142.9.1773 - 23.1.1778CommodoreEdward Hughes (1720-1794) ADM 6/20/513BWAS-171426.12.1782 - 14.1.1783Commodore John Jervis (1734/35-1823) ADM 6/22/565ADM 6/2210.4.1783 - 13.12.1785Vice-Admiral of the WhiteJohn Campbell (1719-1790)BWAS-17148.3.1786 - 24.9.1787CommodoreJohn Elliot (1732-1808)BWAS-171424.9.1787 - 28.11.1788Rear-Admiral of the RedJohn Elliot (1732-1808)BWAS-17146.4.1789 - 21.9.1790Vice-Admiral of the WhiteMark Milbanke (1724-1805)BWAS-171421.9.1790 - 2.12.1791Vice-Admiral of the RedMark Milbanke (1724-1805)BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

10.4.1783 - 31.3.1784Second LieutenantRichard Rudsdell ADM 6/23/47ADM 6/2310.4.1783 - 31.3.1784Third LieutenantJoseph Royal Loring (d.1792) ADM 6/23/47ADM 6/2331.3.1784 - 13.12.1785Second LieutenantJoseph Royal Loring (d.1792) ADM 6/23/274ADM 6/23

1 Warrant Officer

1784 - 1785SurgeonEdmund Petersonref:922

8 Petty Officers

1770 - 6.3.1772MidshipmanJames Gambier (1756-1833)ref:6761783 - 13.12.1785MidshipmanAmelius Beauclerk (1771-1846)NBD18491786 - 1789MidshipmanHenry Digby (1770-1842)ref:6166.1787 - 1788MidshipmanMathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD18491788 - 1793MidshipmanWilliam Henry Brown Tremlett (1777-?)NBD18496.1790 - 12.1790MidshipmanGeorge Ralph Collier (1774-1824)ref:61613.5.1796 - 1796MidshipmanWilliam Collins Barker (1779-1848)NBD184913.5.1796 - 1796MidshipmanJohn BarkerNBD1849

3 Crewmen

4.1786 - 6.1787Able SeamanMathew Buckle (1770-1855)NBD184911.1788 - 6.1791Able SeamanSamuel Butcher (1770-1849)NBD184923.12.1789 - 17891st Class VolunteerBuckland Stirling Bluett (d.1845)NBD1849

Service History

2.10.1769building at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £22567.13.3dBWAS-1714
2.10.1769Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.7.1770Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2099.13.0dBWAS-1714
5.8.1770Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

6.1773Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1773Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £6524.12.9dBWAS-1714
19.11.1773Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714

Sailed from Bombay to returned home.


Arrived at Spithead

10.1.1779Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
12.12.1779Took the Ship San Carlos (20) in the Bay of Honduras
20.6.1780Action off Monti Christi
9.1780Began large repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
4.9.1780Paid offADM 51
12.1782Completed large repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £23736.14.5dBWAS-1714
6.1783Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
3.6.1784Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.5.1785Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

Paid off

18.6.1786Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
13.6.1787Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
28.6.1788Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

Paid off


Paid off

5.1795Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1795Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £10377.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1795Sailed for the West coast of Africa and then to JamaicaBWAS-1714
13.5.1796Wrecked on the Isle de Vache, near San DomingoBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 5th of April 2014 23:06

Edinburgh Advertiser March 17, 1780
Extract of a letter from Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Parker, commander in chief of his Majesty's ships at Jamaica. Dated at Fort Royal January 1780

On the 25th of November a considerable body of Spaniards invested St. Fernando de Omoa, and on the 28th the garrison and the crew of the Porcupine, were so reduced by a pestilential disorder which raged amongst them that it became necessary to evacuate the fort after having spiked the guns, and embarked the ammunition and stores.
The 8th instant, the Salisbury, commanded by Captain Inglis, brought in here a Spanish private ship of war of 50 guns named the San Carlos, commanded by Don Juan Antonio Zaveletta from Cadiz bound to Omoa laden with brass canon, shot, musquets and other military stores for the fort. Captain Inglis has shown good conduct and a becoming spirit as well before as during the action.

Sir. On the 12th of last month at day break, being then off Porto de Sall, (in the Bay of Honduras) we saw two sail to the eastward, the one a large ship, the other a sloop, to which we gave chase, it being then light breezes. After different maneuvers, and the strange ship making some private signals through the day, at six in the evening we got pretty near, when she hoisted Spanish ensign and pendent. At half past six we fired some shot, which was immediately returned; and continued closing, with a constant fire on both sides, till past eight o'clock when her main mast went overboard, and she surrendered. Her mizen mast also went during the night. She proved to be the Saint Carlos of 50 guns, 38 twelve pounders, 16 of which are brass, 12 six pounders, and three hundred ninety seven men. Having on board 12 twenty four pounders brass canons, a quantity of shot and shells, five thousand, ? and of arms etc. The sloop made off in the night. In the action there were four men killed on board the Salisbury, and fourteen wounded, five of which died of their wounds: Mr. Miller the master, much wounded, but is in a fair way of recovery. The Salisbury suffered much in her sails and rigging which was immediately set about repairing, as also in putting into as good a state of sailing, and defence as circumstance would admit of, under the command of Lieutenant Haynes, first Lieutenant of the Salisbury.
Charles Inglis.

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