Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1771/05BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1775/07
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard ref:717
Ship ClassSalisbury Class
Designed byThomas SladeBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn BarnardBWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


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


1774/05/22Broadside Weight = 414 Imperial Pound ( 187.749 kg) BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1766/04/02350Design Complement 

Flag Officers

1778/08/141778/05/15Vice-Admiral of the RedLord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)BWAS-1714
1789/021792/08Rear-Admiral of the BluePhilip AffleckBWAS-1714
1813/061814/06Rear-AdmiralEdward GriffithBWAS-1714


1775/071780/09CaptainRichard BraithwaiteBWAS-1714
1780/031783/10CaptainSamuel Wittewronge ClaytonBWAS-1714
1789/021792/08CaptainWilliam Albany OtwayBWAS-1714
1792/111797/04CaptainSamuel OsbornBWAS-1714
1797/041804CaptainJohn Sprat RainierBWAS-1714
1804/041804/11CaptainJames LindBWAS-1714
1807/101808/11LieutenantEdward WebbBWAS-1714
1808/111809CommanderGeorge Paris MonkeBWAS-1714
1813/061814/06CaptainWilliam SkipseyBWAS-1714
1814/061814/10CaptainJustice FinleyBWAS-1714
1814/10/221817CaptainDavid ScottBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

18011803/02LieutenantWilliam Hugh DobbieBWAS-1793
18041804First LieutenantJames Robert Phillipsref:644
1808/06/021809/07/14LieutenantHenry Dilkes ByngNBD1849

Warrant Officers

1804/11/111805/08/14BoatswainWilliam ScarthNAO

Petty Officers

17891791/01/21MidshipmanMathew BuckleNBD1849

Service History

DateEvent Source
1774/05/22building at Harwich at a cost of £15023.9.11dBWAS-1714
1774/06/22Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1775/09/09Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £4205.16.10dBWAS-1714
1775/10/25Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1776/12Occupation of Rhode IslandBWAS-1714
1776/12/06Occupation of Rhode Island 
1778/11/04Sailed to the West Indies with HothamBWAS-1714
1778/12/14Supported landings on St LuciaBWAS-1714
1778/12/14Battle of St. Lucia 
1779In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1780/04/17Battle of Martinique 
1780/05/15Action of 1780-05-15 
1780/05/19Action of 1780-05-19 
1780/09Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
1780/09Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/06Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £11178.19.10dBWAS-1714
1781/07/05Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1782/08Took the Letter-of-Marque Warrior  
1783/10Sailed home and paid offBWAS-1714
1783/12fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1784/12Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1787/12Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £23424.0.0dBWAS-1714
1789/05/20Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1792/08Home and paid offBWAS-1714
1792/08Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1793/01Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £8848.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793/02/26Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1793/11/28Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1794/10/22Action off Mauritius 
1795/07Capture of CeylonBWAS-1714
1796/02Capture of Amboyna and BandaBWAS-1714
1799Operations in the Red SeaBWAS-1714
1800Operations in the Red SeaBWAS-1714
1800/08Returned to BataviaBWAS-1714
1800/08/23Took the Merchantman Sloop Vrow Cornelia BG
1800/08/23Took the Merchantman Brig De Vrow Elizabeth Christiana BG
1800/08/23Took the Unrated Brig Unknown Dutch Brig BG
1804/09/15Battle of Vizagapatam 
1804/11Sent back from India as in need of repairBWAS-1714
1807/08Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1807/10Recommissioned and sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
1807/10Re-classed as a Unrated Hospital Ship  
1808/01Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1808/11Receiving ship and stores depot at HalifaxBWAS-1714
1808/11Re-classed as a Unrated Receiving Ship  
1809Re-classed as a Unrated Hospital Ship  
1813/06Re-classed as a Unrated Receiving Ship  
1817Re-classed as a Other Vessels Hulk  
1824/02/21Sank at her moorings in HalifaxBWAS-1714
1825Raised and broken upBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:717 John Barnard the younger 1705 – 1784John E BarnardDigital Book
BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ref:644 The British Trident or Register of Naval ActionsArchibald DuncanDigital Book
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAO The National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
BG The London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
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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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