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Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1771BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.7.1775BWAS-1714
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich ref:717
Ship ClassSalisbury Class (1766)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1783
John BarnardBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1740-1782
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck146' 0"Imperial Feet44.5008 
Length of Keel120' 2"Imperial Feet36.5785 
Breadth40' 5"Imperial Feet12.319 
Depth in Hold17' 3 ½"Imperial Feet5.1943 
Burthen1,044 1194Tons BM 


22.5.1774Broadside 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

13 Ship Commanders

14.7.1775 - 25.10.1780Captain
Richard BrathwaiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1801
ADM 6/21/104
29.3.1781 - 1.12.1782Captain
Samuel Wittewronge ClaytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1795
Transfered ADM 6/22/270
1.12.1782 - 24.10.1783Captain
James CotesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1766-1793
ADM 6/23/153
Issued by
Robert DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1805
, North America
Confirmed 18.10.1783
ADM 6/23
3.2.1789 - 19.3.1789Captain
Herbert SawyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1825
Transfered ADM 6/23/506
ADM 6/23
19.3.1789 - 27.7.1792Captain
William Albany OtwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1814
: on board from 22.3.1789 ADM 6/23/515
30.11.1792 - 4.1797Captain
Samuel OsbornBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
ADM 6/24/182
4.1797 - 1804Captain
John Sprat RainierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1811
4.1804 - 11.1804Captain
James LindBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1804
10.1807 - 11.1808Lieutenant
Edward WebbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1808
11.1808 - 1809Commander
George Paris MonkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1810
6.1813 - 6.1814Captain
William SkipseyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1816
6.1814 - 10.1814Captain
Justice FinleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1814
22.10.1814 - 13.7.1816Captain
David ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1817

3 Flag Officers

14.8.1778 - 15.5.1778Vice-Admiral of the Red
Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1799
ADM 107/3/138
22.3.1789 - 27.7.1792Rear-Admiral of the Blue
Philip AffleckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799
6.1813 - 6.1814Rear-Admiral
Edward GriffithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1821

8 Commissioned Officers

1.5.1789 - 25.12.1791Third Lieutenant
Richard LeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1814
ADM 6/23/524
ADM 6/23
19.6.1791 - 27.7.1792Fourth Lieutenant
Francis Farington GardnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1819
ADM 6/24/132
Issued by
Philip AffleckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1799

Confirmed 3.9.1791
ADM 6/24
3.12.1792 - 1792First Lieutenant
Henry BarwellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1812
ADM 6/24/183
ADM 6/24
3.12.1792 - 1792Second Lieutenant
James YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1825
ADM 6/24/183
ADM 6/24
1.1.1793 - 1793Third Lieutenant
David McIverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1796
ADM 6/24/189
ADM 6/24
1801 - 2.1803Lieutenant
William Hugh DobbieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1817
1804First Lieutenant
James Robert PhillipsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1807
2.6.1808 - 14.7.1809Lieutenant
Henry Dilkes ByngBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1846

3 Warrant Officers

27.10.1778 - 7.1.1779Purser
Titus LivieBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1777-1790
Transfered ADM 6/22/310
ADM 6/22
11.2.1793 - 22.11.1793Master
Thomas SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1804
ADM 29-1
11.11.1804 - 14.8.1805Boatswain
William ScarthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1826

1 Petty Officer

1789 - 21.1.1791Midshipman
Mathew BuckleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1846

1 Crewman

1804 - 18.9.1804Seaman
James JordanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804
† Discharged Dead

Service History

22.5.1774building at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £15023.9.11dBWAS-1714
22.6.1774Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.9.1775Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4205.16.10dBWAS-1714
25.10.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
2.7.1776Staten Island Landings
12.1776Occupation of Rhode IslandBWAS-1714
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
4.11.1778Sailed to the West Indies with HothamBWAS-1714
14.12.1778Supported landings on St LuciaBWAS-1714
14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
17.4.1780Battle of Martinique
15.5.1780Action of March 15 1780
19.5.1780Action of March 19 1780
9.1780Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714

Returned home and paid off

ADM 34
6.1781Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £11178.19.10dBWAS-1714
5.7.1781Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1782Took the Privateer
Warrior 1782-1782
American Privateer Unknown


Sailed home and paid off

ADM 34
12.1783fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
12.1784Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.1787Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £23424.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.5.1789Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.1792Home and paid offBWAS-1714
8.1792Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1793Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £8848.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.2.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
28.11.1793Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
22.10.1794Action off Mauritius
7.1795Capture of CeylonBWAS-1714
2.1796Capture of Amboyna and BandaBWAS-1714
1799Operations in the Red SeaBWAS-1714
1800Operations in the Red SeaBWAS-1714
8.1800Returned to BataviaBWAS-1714
23.8.1800Took the Sloop
Vrow Cornelia (6) 1800-1800
Dutch 6 Gun
Merchant Sloop
23.8.1800Took the Brig
De Vrow Elizabeth Christiana (6) 1800-1800
Dutch 6 Gun
Merchant Brig
23.8.1800Took the Brig
Unknown Dutch Brig (16) 1800-1800
Dutch 16 Gun
Unrated Brig
18.9.1804Battle of Vizagapatam
11.1804Sent back from India as in need of repairBWAS-1714
15.4.1805Paid offADM 34
8.1807Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
10.1807Recommissioned and sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
10.1807Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
1.1808Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
11.1808Receiving ship and stores depot at HalifaxBWAS-1714
11.1808Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
1809Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
6.1813Refitted as a Unrated Receiving Ship
13.7.1816Paid offADM 35
1817Refitted as a Other Vessels Hulk
21.2.1824Sank at her moorings in HalifaxBWAS-1714
1825Raised and broken upBWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 30th of January 2017 21:02

21 Jan 1800 T. Tring, a seaman belonging to the Centurion, was executed on board the Suffolk, at Bombay, pursuant to the sentence of a Court Martial. Tring, with some others, was sent with a prize to the Centurion for the Cape of Good Hope, but the vessel was re-captured on her passage, and carried into the Mauritius : the Prize-master and his crew shortly after received permission from the French Commander to return home ; but Tring and another, instead of doing so, entered on board the French frigate La Prudente, which was afterwards captured by the Daedalus. Tring entered as an American on board the Daedalus, and proceeded with her into the Red Sea, where joining the Centurion, he was recognized. His companion was killed in the action between the frigates.

Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 21:39

Extract of a letter from Sheerness Dec 28, 1784

"Arrived the Rambler and Marquis de Seignally [Seignelay?] cutters, and remain with Scipio and Otter sloop.
"The Centurion lying in ordinary at this port, is ordered up river to be repaired.
"The Ajax is ordered to be sold." (The Times 3 January 1785)

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