Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Merchant east indiaman 'Wager' (1734)
First Commissioned26.12.1739BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey EICS
Constructor John BuxtonEICS
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck123' 0"Imperial Feet37.4904 
Length of Keel101' 4 ⅛"Imperial Feet30.788 
Breadth32' 2 ⅜"Imperial Feet9.7631 
Depth in Hold14' 4"Imperial Feet4.2926 
Burthen558 8294Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.1739120 BWAS-1714

3 Commanding Officers

26.12.1739 - 2.11.1740Captain Dandy Kidd (d.1740/41) ADM 6/16/242BWAS-17143.11.1740 - 18.2.1740/41Captain George Murray (d.1785) ADM 6/16/142
Commission confirmed 1.2.1742/43
19.2.1740/41 - 14.5.1741Captain David Cheap (d.1752) ADM 6/17/81
Issued by George Anson (1697-1762), Pacific Ocean
Commission confirmed 28.3.1746

1 Commissioned Officer

3.11.1740 - 14.5.1741Lieutenant Robert Baynes (1714-bef.1758) ADM 6/17/105
Issued by George Anson (1697-1762), Pacific Ocean
Commission confirmed 16.5.1746
ADM 6/17

Service History

21.11.1739Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £3912.2.1dBWAS-1714
23.11.1739Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
23.5.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £7096.2.4dBWAS-1714
8.1740Sailed from Portsmouth for the PacificBWAS-1714
14.5.1741Wrecked in the Magellan StraitsBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
19.6.1740-14.6.1744Anson's Circumnavigation George Anson (1697-1762) 

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Posted by Brian on Monday 2nd of June 2014 15:49

1744 Admiralty Office June 12, His Majesty's Consul General at Lisbon has received a letter dated 14th of February 1743 from Capt. David Cheap, late Commander of his Majesty's ship Wager, cast away in the South Sea, in May 1741, advising of his being in good health at Santiago in Chili, together with Lieutenant Thomas Hamilton, of Col. Lawthers Regiment of Marines, and two midshipman, one of whom is Mr. Biron, bother to Ld. Biron and that the met with very honourable treatment from the President of Chili.

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