Portland

621
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.1.1766BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.1767BWAS-1714
Launched11.4.1770BWAS-1714
First Commissioned25.9.1770
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardHarwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPortland Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold19.5.1817BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck146' 0"Imperial Feet44.5008 
Length of Keel119' 9"Imperial Feet36.2832 
Breadth40' 6"Imperial Feet12.3444 
Depth in Hold17' 6"Imperial Feet5.2034 
Draught Forward10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Draught Aft15' 7"Imperial Feet4.6076 
Burthen1,044 7794Tons BM 

Armament


11.4.1770Broadside 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

7.1779Broadside Weight = 486 Imperial Pound ( 220.401 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
2.4.1766350Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.9.1770 - 7.8.1771CaptainJohn Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/20/293BWAS-17147.8.1771 - 10.1772CaptainWalter Stirling (1718-1786) ADM 6/20/393BWAS-171414.1.1773 - 31.5.1773CaptainAndrew Barkley (c.1737-1790) ADM 6/20/471BWAS-171431.5.1773 - 9.1774CaptainSamuel Marshall (1741-1795) ADM 6/21/57
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792)
Commission confirmed 29.10.1774
BWAS-1714
23.1.1775 - 1778CaptainThomas Dumaresq (1729-1802) ADM 6/21/68BWAS-17143.1779 - 1780CaptainAnthony Hunt (d.1796)BWAS-17141780 - 2.1781CaptainThomas LloydBWAS-17142.1781 - 4.1782CaptainThe Hon. James Luttrell (c.1751-1788)BWAS-171418.4.1782 - 4.1783CaptainJohn BretonBWAS-171411.1797 - 8.1800LieutenantJames MandersonBWAS-1714

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1774 - 9.1774Vice-Admiral of the RedSir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792)BWAS-17141.1775 - 1778Vice-Admiral of the WhiteJames Young (1717-1789)BWAS-17141780 - 2.1781Rear-Admiral of the RedRichard Edwards (1715-1795)BWAS-17144.1782 - 4.1783Vice-Admiral of the WhiteJohn Campbell (1719-1790)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
14.3.1797 - 3.9.1797BoatswainThomas NeedhamNAO

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
10.9.1782 - 29.9.1782Able SeamanThomas Hayward (1767-1797)

Service History


DateEventSource
11.4.1770building at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £21021.1.6dBWAS-1714
9.1.1771Sailed to meet the incoming East India shipsBWAS-1714
10.1772Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1773RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1774Paid offBWAS-1714
26.4.1775Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
18.10.1776Took the Privateer Brig Putnam (12)
16.5.1778Took the Privateer Eagle
2.1779Began coppering at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1779RecommissionedBWAS-1714
3.1779Completed coppering at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £6754.16.10dBWAS-1714
11.6.1779Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
31.12.1779Affair of Fielding and Bylandt
31.5.1780Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
19.12.1780Took the Privateer Sloop La Marquise de Seignelay (20) in the Channel
29.5.1781Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.7.1781Took the Hired Vessel Ship Le Lion (10)
12.7.1781Took the Privateer Sloop Royal Louis (16)
14.8.1781Took the Privateer Lyon
2.9.1781Took the Privateer Frigate Disdain (16)
16.9.1781Took the Privateer Brig Captain (10)
16.6.1782Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
4.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1797RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1797Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
8.1800Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1800Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1801Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1802Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1802Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.5.1817Sold to Daniel List for £800BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
 

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