British Fifth Rate ship of the line 'Sapphire' (1741)
    

Sapphire

6430
Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered8.2.1739/40BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down20.3.1739/40BWAS-1714
Launched21.2.1740/41BWAS-1714
First Commissioned19.2.1740/41
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1714
ShipyardCarter's Yard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 44-Gunner
ConstructorRobert Carter (d.1751)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Razeed7.1756BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 3"Imperial Feet37.7984 
Length of Keel100' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet30.4864 
Breadth35' 9 ⅞"Imperial Feet10.6902 
Depth in Hold14' 6"Imperial Feet4.3053 
Burthen686 1494Tons BM 

Armament


21.2.1740/41Broadside Weight = 222 Imperial Pound ( 100.677 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1733250Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
19.2.1740/41 - 15.4.1741CaptainTemple West (1713-1757) ADM 6/15/382ADM 6/1516.4.1741 - 10.2.1741/42CaptainWilliam Campbell (d.1755) ADM 6/15/411BWAS-171420.2.1741/42 - 19.12.1743CaptainCharles Holmes (1711-1761) ADM 6/16/16BWAS-171420.12.1743 - 10.2.1744/45CaptainCharles Saunders (1713-1775) ADM 6/16/251BWAS-171411.2.1744/45 - 25.10.1745CaptainAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) ADM 6/16/438BWAS-17142.11.1745 - 25.3.1746CaptainThorpe Fowke (d.1784) ADM 6/17/15ADM 6/1722.4.1746 - 29.12.1747CaptainSamuel Maisterson (d.1762) ADM 6/17/94BWAS-1714

11 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
21.2.1740/41 - 26.10.1741Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Loughton (d.1744) ADM 6/15/387ADM 6/1527.10.1741 - 17.11.1741Second LieutenantJohn Loughton (d.1744) ADM 6/15/471ADM 6/1518.11.1741 - 17.1.1741/42Second LieutenantAlexander Brodie (d.1750) ADM 6/16/481ADM 6/1518.11.1741 - 11.12.1743Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Loughton (d.1744) ADM 6/15/480ADM 6/1518.1.1741/42 - 11.12.1743Second LieutenantWilliam Cowan (d.1754) ADM 6/16/4ADM 6/1512.12.1743 - 20.7.1744Second LieutenantJohn Loughton (d.1744) ADM 6/16/249ADM 6/1612.12.1743 - 6.6.1744Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJoseph Gage (d.1755) ADM 6/16/248ADM 6/1621.7.1744 - 6.6.1745Second LieutenantMathew Squire (d.1745) ADM 6/16/344ADM 6/167.6.1745 - 5.11.1745First LieutenantMathew King (d.1749) ADM 6/16/493ADM 6/1613.11.1745 - 22.1.1745/46Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Ewbank (d.1753) ADM 6/17/21ADM 6/1725.4.1746 - 9.3.1747/48Second LieutenantRobert Ritchie ADM 6/17/95ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
2.1741Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
21.2.1740/41building at Limehouse at a cost of £7034.5.0dBWAS-1714
21.2.1740/41Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
29.5.1741Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £4162.15.7dBWAS-1714
1742Commissioned for the Irish SeaBWAS-1714
1743Cruise to the CanariesBWAS-1714
5.1.1742/43Took the Privateer Pluma
1744In the ChannelBWAS-1714
21.5.1745Took the Privateer Sloop Sovervio (10) off Ireland
21.5.1745Took the Privateer Soberbio
1.1746Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1746RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1746Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £4257.3.10dBWAS-1714
20.9.1746Lorient Operations
5.1748Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1748Began middling repair at Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
16.7.1748SurveyedBWAS-1714
5.1749Completed middling repair at Rotherhithe at a cost of £3564.5.1dBWAS-1714


Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/15 ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/17 ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/16 ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
 

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