Portland

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

12 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.9.1770 - 7.8.1771CaptainJohn Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/20/293BWAS-17147.8.1771 - 13.10.1772CaptainWalter Stirling (1718-1786) ADM 6/20/393BWAS-171414.1.1773 - 31.5.1773CaptainAndrew Barkley (c.1737-1790) ADM 6/20/471BWAS-171431.5.1773 - 29.9.1774CaptainSamuel 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 - 10.3.1779CaptainThomas Dumaresq (1729-1802) ADM 6/21/68BWAS-171410.3.1779 - 8.4.1780CaptainAnthony Hunt (c.1734-1796) ADM 6/21/522BWAS-17148.4.1780 - 23.2.1781CaptainThomas Lloyd ADM 6/22/112BWAS-171423.2.1781 - 16.3.1782CaptainThe Hon. James Luttrell (c.1751-1788) ADM 6/22/254BWAS-171422.10.1781 - 18.4.1782CaptainSampson Edwards (1745-1840) ADM 6/22/393
Issued by Richard Edwards (1715-1795), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 31.12.1781
ADM 6/23
2.4.1782 - 18.4.1782CaptainJacob Wheate (d.1783) ADM 6/22/440ADM 6/2218.4.1782 - 12.4.1783CaptainJohn Breton ADM 6/22/452BWAS-171421.11.1797 - 7.8.1800LieutenantJames MandersonBWAS-1714

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1774 - 29.9.1774Vice-Admiral of the RedSir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792)BWAS-171426.4.1775 - 29.1.1778Vice-Admiral of the WhiteJames Young (1717-1789)BWAS-17141780 - 23.2.1781Rear-Admiral of the RedRichard Edwards (1715-1795)BWAS-17144.1782 - 12.4.1783Vice-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 - Sheerness at a cost of £21021.1.6dBWAS-1714
9.1.1771Sailed to meet the incoming East India shipsBWAS-1714
13.10.1772

Paid off

BWAS-1714
29.9.1774

Paid off

BWAS-1714
26.4.1775Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
18.10.1776Took the Brig Putnam (12)
16.5.1778Took the Privateer Eagle
2.1779Began coppering at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
3.1779Completed coppering at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich 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 Sloop La Marquise de Seignelay (20) in the Channel
29.5.1781

Sailed for Newfoundland

BWAS-1714
12.7.1781Took the Ship Le Lion (10)
12.7.1781Took the Sloop Royal Louis (16)
14.8.1781Took the Privateer Lyon
2.9.1781Took the Frigate Disdain (16)
16.9.1781Took the Brig Captain (10)
16.6.1782Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.4.1783

Paid off

ref:543
11.1797Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
7.8.1800

Paid off

BWAS-1714
10.1800Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1801Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1802Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.2.1802Paid offADM 51
5.1802Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
19.5.1817Sold to Daniel List for £800BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ref:543ADM 34 Treasurers Pay Books. Series II Document
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
 

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