Seahorse

6557
Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered4.2.1747/48BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down23.2.1747/48BWAS-1714
Named23.8.1748BWAS-1714
Launched13.9.1748BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.11.1748BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Yard - Harwich BWAS-1714
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold30.12.1784BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck114' 0"Imperial Feet34.7472 
Length of Keel95' 4"Imperial Feet28.9763 
Breadth32' 0"Imperial Feet9.7536 
Depth in Hold10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Burthen519 2494Tons BM 

Armament


11.1748Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1748160 BWAS-1714

20 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.11.1748 - 31.3.1753CaptainThe Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800) ADM 6/17/405BWAS-171431.3.1753 - 17.9.1755CaptainHugh Palliser (1721/22-1796) ADM 6/18/64BWAS-171418.9.1755 - 6.6.1756CaptainGeorge Darby (c.1720-1790) ADM 6/18/195BWAS-17146.6.1756 - 26.6.1756CommanderWilliam Gough (c.1722-1760) ADM 6/18/357
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 15.2.1757
ADM 6/18
23.3.1757 - 19.4.1757CaptainChristopher Basset (c.1724-1765) ADM 6/18/372ADM 6/182.5.1757 - 18.10.1758CaptainThomas Taylor (1721-1797) ADM 6/18/391BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 24.7.1760CaptainJames Smith (c.1725-1786) ADM 6/18/548BWAS-171417.1.1761 - 21.10.1762CaptainCharles Cathcart Grant (1723-1772) ADM 6/19/245BWAS-171421.10.1762 - 23.4.1763CaptainRobert Jocelyn (d.c.1806) ADM 6/19/529
Issued by Samuel Cornish (1715-1770), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 24.8.1763
BWAS-1714
20.6.1765 - 17.2.1767CaptainCharles Leslie (d.1775) ADM 6/20/78ADM 6/2026.5.1768 - 6.9.1770CaptainThomas Bishop (c.1721-1788) ADM 6/20/203ADM 6/2021.1.1771 - 23.4.1773CaptainThomas Pasley (1734-1808) ADM 6/20/340BWAS-171423.4.1773 - 26.4.1773CaptainDigby Dent (1739-1817) ADM 6/20/490BWAS-171425.8.1773 - 26.6.1777CaptainGeorge Farmer (c.1732-1779) ADM 6/20/511BWAS-171426.6.1777 - 2.1779CaptainJohn Alexander Panton (d.1781) ADM 6/22/155
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 26.7.1780
BWAS-1714
2.1779 - 3.1781CaptainAlexander McCoy (d.bef.1783)BWAS-17143.3.1781 - 1.5.1782CaptainRobert Montagu ADM 6/22/407
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 6.2.1782
BWAS-1714
9.10.1782 - 6.2.1783CaptainChristopher Halliday (d.1790) ADM 6/23/232
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 21.7.1784
ADM 6/23
6.2.1783 - 3.1784CaptainJohn Drew (d.1798) ADM 6/23/201
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 14.4.1784
BWAS-1714
7.1783 - 26.3.1784CaptainCharles HughesBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
26.7.1755 - 22.8.1755CommodoreAugustus Keppel (1725-1786)ref:1190

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
4.11.1748 - 31.3.1753LieutenantWilliam Osborne (c.1714-?) ADM 6/17/401ADM 6/17

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
10.1773 - 1774MidshipmanThomas Hoar (1758-1825)ref:61628.10.1773 - 4.4.1774MidshipmanHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)NAO31.10.1775 - 14.3.1776MidshipmanHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)NAO

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
5.4.1774 - 30.10.1775Able SeamanHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)NAO

Service History


DateEventSource
13.9.1748building at Harwich - Essex at a cost of £4063.10.0dBWAS-1714
13.9.1748Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
17.2.1748/49Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1264.14.8dBWAS-1714
3.1748/49Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1752In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1.1755Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
3.1755

Arrived in Hampton Roads

ref:1190
26.7.1755

Sailed from Hampton Roads

ref:1190
22.8.1755

Arrived in England

ref:1190
15.5.1756Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1.8.1757Action off Flushing
14.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
24.1.1760SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.1760Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1760Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5765.19.8dBWAS-1714
10.1.1761Seahorse vs Aigrette
4.2.1761Sailed for Inida to observe the transit of VenusBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Manilla operations
24.9.1762Battle of Manilla
23.4.1763

Returned to England and paid off

ADM 51
21.9.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
1.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1770Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
1.1771RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1771Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4851.2.5dBWAS-1714
2.8.1771Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
26.4.1773

Paid off

ADM 51
8.1773Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1773Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3283.9.5dBWAS-1714
19.11.1773Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
19.2.1775Took Hyder Ali's armed ketch off AnjengoBWAS-1714
10.8.1778Second Battle of Pondicherry
25.8.1778Took the Frigate Le Sartine (26) in the East Indies
17.2.1782Battle of Sadras
12.4.1782Battle of Providien
6.7.17822nd Battle of Negapatam
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
3.1784Paid offBWAS-1714
30.12.1784Sold for £1,115 to Richerd Buller. Subsequently rebuilt at Rotherhithe as the mercantile RavenscroftBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
10.1754-1755Braddock's ExpeditionAugustus Keppel (1725-1786) 

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ref:1190HMS Centurion 1733-1769Shirley FishDigital Book
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
 

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