Success

6530
Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered4.10.1739BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down30.10.1739BWAS-1714
Launched14.8.1740BWAS-1714
First Commissioned15.7.1740
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKingston upon Hull BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 20-Gunner
Designed bySurveyors TheBWAS-1714
ConstructorHugh Blaydes (1686-?)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up5.1779BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Length of Keel87' 3"Imperial Feet26.5285 
Breadth30' 8"Imperial Feet9.3472 
Depth in Hold9' 5"Imperial Feet2.8702 
Burthen442 2194Tons BM 

Armament


14.8.1740Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

1746Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1733140Design Complement

16 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.7.1740 - 31.10.1742CaptainBradwarden Thompson (d.1756) ADM 6/16/310BWAS-17141.11.1742 - 10.5.1744CaptainJohn Wickham (d.1763) ADM 6/16/114BWAS-171411.5.1744 - 28.12.1744CaptainHenry Stewart (d.1746) ADM 6/16/307ADM 6/1629.12.1744 - 23.8.1747CaptainJohn Amherst (1718-1778) ADM 6/16/413BWAS-171424.8.1745 - 25.3.1746CaptainThomas Bury (d.1748) ADM 6/16/532ADM 6/1626.3.1746 - 1746CaptainEdward Falkingham (d.1783) ADM 6/17/78BWAS-171424.3.1748/49 - 9.12.1752CaptainLord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770) ADM 6/17/451BWAS-171426.3.1754 - 2.2.1757CaptainJohn Rous (d.1760) ADM 6/18/93BWAS-17143.2.1757 - 11.12.1759CaptainPaul Henry Ourry (1719-1783) ADM 6/18/352BWAS-171411.12.1759 - 19.5.1761CaptainGeorge Watson (d.1774) ADM 6/19/118BWAS-171419.5.1761 - 5.8.1761CaptainRobert Keeler (d.c.1811) ADM 6/19/316BWAS-171412.3.1762 - 7.4.1762CaptainJames Randell (d.1765) ADM 6/19/392ADM 6/197.4.1762 - 2.1764CaptainJohn Botterell (c.1716-1793) ADM 6/19/396BWAS-171426.5.1768 - 10.1.1771CaptainJohn Milligan (d.1788) ADM 6/20/203ADM 6/2010.1.1771 - 15.10.1773CaptainWilliam Hamilton (d.1790) ADM 6/20/333ADM 6/2015.10.1773 - 26.8.1775CaptainSkeffington Lutwidge (1737-1814) ADM 6/20/522ADM 6/20

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.12.1744 - 26.8.1745LieutenantBellen Tatton ADM 6/16/403ADM 6/1624.3.1748/49 - 9.12.1752LieutenantJames Grant ADM 6/17/451ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
14.8.1740building at Kingston upon Hull at a cost of £4838.3.3dBWAS-1714
1742In New EnglandBWAS-1714
1743Off LisbonBWAS-1714
6.1744Off DunkirkBWAS-1714
1.1746Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1746Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £1311.13.9dBWAS-1714
3.1747/48Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
29.3.1748SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.1748/49RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1749Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2290.9.9dBWAS-1714
4.1749Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1749Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £3496.12.8dBWAS-1714
6.1749Sailed for New EnglandBWAS-1714
1752Returned home and paid off?BWAS-1714
9.12.1752Paid off at Woolwich Dockyard ADM 6/18
27.2.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
8.1753Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.9.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.1754RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1754Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7012.7.4dBWAS-1714
22.5.1755British attack on Fort Beauséjour
1757At HalifaxBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
1.1758Began refitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1758Completed refitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2788.18.11dBWAS-1714
6.1758Operations against St Malo, Cherbourg and St CasBWAS-1714
5.6.1758Landing in Cancale Bay
20.1.1759Sailed with a convoy to South CarolinaBWAS-1714
10.3.1761Sailed for South CarolinaBWAS-1714
30.7.1761SurveyedBWAS-1714
8.1761Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
29.9.1761SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1762RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1762Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £5241.17.7dBWAS-1714
25.6.1762Sailed for South CarolinaBWAS-1714
2.1764Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1764SurveyedBWAS-1714
1.4.1779Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
5.1779Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tony Perry on Saturday 27th of October 2018 16:39


Is this the same Success, led by Captain Thompson, who took General James Oglethorpe, founder of the Colony of Georgia, back to London in 1743? The journey I'm trying to find left the United States (likely Georgia) on 23 July 1743 and arrived in London on 25 September.

My source (listed below) describes the Success I'm looking for as a "guard-ship", with Thompson as the Captain and included a Colonel Heron and a subengineer named Mr Eyre.

Is it possible that this Capt Thompson led this particular voyage, or that there's another Captain Thompson on another boat called Success in 1743? (I searched threedecks.org and viewed the other records for Success, but none seemed to match as closely as this one).

It's important to me to learn more, as one of the passengers on this journey was a chief in the Chickasaw Nation, a Native American tribe (I am a citizen of this tribe, and am trying to help my tribe find this Chief).

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide!

Best regards,

Tony Perry

Source: "Biographical Records of James Oglethorpe" by Thaddeus Mason Harris, 1841, p273. Obtained on Google Books.


Posted by Brian Stephens on Tuesday 29th of April 2014 22:04

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 11 (1741).
Letter from Boston, in New England, dated Nov. 3.
Capt. Thompson in his Majesty's ship Success, on the 23d of October last, about 80 leagues to the eastward of Cape Anne, met a sloop from Belfast in Ireland, bound to Philadelphia, with 108 passengers, but having been out 17 weeks, about 30 died for want, among whom were the master, and all the sailors but one, so that they could neither manage the sails or steer the vessel. They had eat up all their tallow, candles, etc. and for several weeks had fed upon the bodies of those that died; and the people from the Success found the body of a man partly cut up, and his arm and shoulder then boiling in a pot of salt water and so eager were the poor famished people for the flesh of their dead companions, that many of them had concealed pieces of it in their pockets to eat as they had opportunity. Capt. Thompson behaved toward them with the utmost humanity and compassion, he put on board hands to navigate the vessel and gave them beef, bread, water, wine and many other necessities, at the same time directing them to steer for this Port. The arrived Nov. 1 but reduced to 62 and several to week, tis feared they will not recouver.

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