Royal Anne Galley

Nominal Guns42B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned2.3.1708/9B028
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich B028
Ship Class1706 Establishment 42-GunnerB028
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1603
CategoryFifth RateB028
Ship TypeFrigate B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck127' 0"Imperial Feet38.7096 
Length of Keel100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Breadth31' 0"Imperial Feet9.4488 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen511 1694Tons BM 


18.6.1709Broadside Weight = 150 Imperial Pound ( 68.025 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Lower Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1706190Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers

2.3.1708/9 - 26.1.1709/10CaptainRobert Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/10/37BWAS-160327.1.1709/10 - 25.7.1715Second CaptainRobert Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/11/22ADM 6/1126.7.1715 - 5.11.1718CaptainJames Stewart (c.1678-1757) ADM 6/12/47BWAS-160321.8.1719 - 10.11.1721CaptainFrancis Willis (d.1721)† ADM 6/12/178BWAS-1603

1 Flag Officer

27.1.1709/10 - 1710Vice-Admiral of the RedLord Peregrine Osborne (2nd Marquess of Carmarthen) (1659-1729) ADM 6/11/22ADM 6/11

10 Commissioned Officers

2.3.1708/9 - 13.3.1708/9LieutenantNevill Smith ADM 6/10/39ADM 6/1014.3.1708/9 - 7.3.1709/10LieutenantRandolph Barker ADM 6/10/43ADM 6/1028.2.1709/10 - 13.9.1710Second LieutenantArthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/11/30ADM 6/118.3.1709/10 - 18.4.1716First LieutenantRandolph Barker ADM 6/11/31ADM 6/1127.7.1715 - 18.4.1716LieutenantEdward Mansfield ADM 6/12/47ADM 6/123.3.1715/16 - 10.12.1718Second LieutenantKinan Fitzpatrick ADM 6/12/63ADM 6/1219.4.1716 - 23.1.1717/18First LieutenantChristopher Simons (d.1728) ADM 6/12/67ADM 6/1221.8.1719 - 10.11.1721First LieutenantJohn Barker ADM 6/12/178ADM 6/1221.8.1719 - 10.11.1721Second LieutenantJoseph Weld ADM 6/12/178ADM 6/1223.5.1721 - 10.11.1721Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsBarrett Collier ADM 6/13/12ADM 6/13

5 Warrant Officers

14.9.1710 - 11.2.1710/11Midshipman ExtraArthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/11/68ADM 6/1115.1.1711/12 - 28.5.1713Midshipman ExtraArthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/11/187ADM 6/1129.5.1713 - 2.6.1713Midshipman ExtraArthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/11/260ADM 6/1126.8.1719 - 14.3.1721/22Midshipman ExtraArthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/12/179ADM 6/127.6.1721 - 15.6.1721Midshipman ExtraHarcourt Masters ADM 6/13/12ADM 6/13

Service History

1711In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1712On the Portugese coastBWAS-1603
10.6.1712Took part in an attack on enemy shipping at EsteponaBWAS-1603
1713Off SaleeBWAS-1603
1715In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1716Off the Scottish coastBWAS-1603
1717In the ChannelBWAS-1603
1.1719Began large repair at Sheerness - Kent BWAS-1603
2.1719Completed large repair at Sheerness - Kent at a cost of £2145.19.9dBWAS-1603
1721Sailed for Barbados with that island's governor-designate, Lord BelhavenBWAS-1603
10.11.1721Wrecked on Lizard Point, Cornwall with only two survivorsBWAS-1603


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Posted by Brian on Wednesday 4th of June 2014 14:18

Admiralty Office, November 27, 1721 The report of Thomas Goodall Quartermaster, William James Musician and seaman, and Robert Wilson a young man seaman who were saved out of the Royal Anne Galley when she was lost along the Lizard Point the 10th of November 1721. Thomas Goodall says, they sailed on Tuesday morning , the 7th, out of Catwater, little wind, then at N.E. but falling calm. They anchored in Causon Bay from whence they sailed about ten a clock that night, being little wind at N.W. Wednesday the 8th the wind was variable, most westerly; they plyed to the westward, and after twelve at noon made the Deadman, and tacked and stood to the southward., wind then at W.S.W. Thursday the 9th at four in the afternoon, they made the land,about five leagues off which they took to be the Lizard, wind at W.S.W. blowing fresh, they had two reefs in her top-sails. They then tacked to the southward, and lay by the fore-top-sail to the mast, courses hauled up intending to bear away for Plymouth, it like being to bad weather. They lay by till 12 at night, and (the Captain being upon deck) they bore away and steered N.E. with their two top-sails ??? . a fresh gale. It was then this mans turn to sleep;e 3 o'clock he heard a great noise, that they saw the land, and they called down to clear the cables, which he went about to do, but soon went upon deck, the ship being brought to, to the southward, and the foretack got aboard wind at S.W. but could not weather the rocks without them They put the helm a lee-to-stay, but the Captain called to keep fast the fore-sheet; at the same time the ship struck upon a sunk rock, which is not above pistol shot from the land of the Lizard, some sunk rocks lying half a mile or more without them. The ship bulged, and in about a quarter of an hour or more broke to pieces, and the larboard side falling away first, and many men with it: He kept to the starboard side; he seeing a rock near him above water, left the wreck, and swam to it, and got up on it, where he found William James. A boat fetched him from this rock in the afternoon about three o'clock Friday the 10th. which boat came to fish for what they could get.
(William James repeats much of what Goodall has said)
Robert Wilson was asleep in his hammock when they called to clear the cables and he presently cut down his hammock, being in the way of the cables when the ship struck, he ran up upon deck, and got upon the starboard quarter, but was washed from thence, and got hold of the stump of the mizen-mast till it unset and then stuck to part of the larboard quarter, upon which were also three men more, viz, Edward Wail, Quartermaster, Alexander Thompson, and Richard Tiller. These four drove away with the tide of flood to the eastward, upon the said piece of wreck, about three hours; and then being near the shore, Wilson left the wreck, and swam to shore where he got up upon the rocks with difficulty; the piece of wreck, with the other three men, drove into a little cove just by him; the other men called to him, to ask if he could help them, but he could not, it being dark; but near day-light, he supposes the sea dashed the wreck against the rocks, and so those three men perished.

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