Sheerness

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Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered7.1.1742/43BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down24.1.1742/43BWAS-1714
Launched8.10.1743BWAS-1714
First Commissioned22.9.1743
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 20-Gunner
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn BuxtonBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold26.7.1768BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck112' 0"Imperial Feet34.1376 
Length of Keel92' 11"Imperial Feet28.0543 
Breadth32' 1"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen508 6994Tons BM 

Armament


8.10.1743Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

1745Broadside 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
1741140Design Complement

13 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.9.1743 - 3.8.1744CaptainGeorge Brydges Rodney (1719-1792) ADM 6/16/220BWAS-17144.8.1744 - 11.7.1745CaptainWilliam Gordon (1705-1769) ADM 6/16/350BWAS-171412.7.1745 - 2.12.1745CaptainWilliam Bulley (d.1746) ADM 6/16/508BWAS-17143.12.1745 - 11.5.1746CaptainLucius O'Brien (d.1771) ADM 6/17/29BWAS-171412.5.1746 - 20.12.1748CaptainMolyneaux Shuldham (1717-1798) ADM 6/17/104BWAS-171420.12.1748 - 10.5.1750CaptainHugh Palliser (1721/22-1796) ADM 6/17/424ADM 6/178.7.1755 - 18.5.1757CaptainThomas Graves (1725-1802) ADM 6/18/178ODNB18.5.1757 - 19.1.1758CaptainMathew Moore (d.1787) ADM 6/18/400BWAS-171419.1.1758 - 28.10.1762CaptainJohn Clark (c.1712-1789) ADM 6/18/474BWAS-171428.10.1762 - 1763CaptainGeorge Bowyer (1740-1800) ADM 6/19/446ADM 6/1920.6.1765 - 13.5.1766CaptainFrancis O'Hara (c.1736-1769) ADM 6/20/78ADM 6/2031.5.1766 - 25.5.1768CaptainLord Edward Michael Pakenham (2nd Baron Longford) (1743-1792) ADM 6/20/122ADM 6/2025.5.1768 - 27.4.1769CaptainRobert Fanshawe (1740-1823) ADM 6/20/203ADM 6/20

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.11.1743 - 16.4.1744LieutenantThomas Griffin (d.1748) ADM 6/16/238ADM 6/1621.5.1746 - 11.10.1748LieutenantJames Ore (d.1753) ADM 6/17/107ADM 6/18

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
11.1743 - 1744MidshipmanSamuel Hood (1724-1816)ODNB

Service History


DateEventSource
8.10.1743building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £3984.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.10.1743Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.11.1743Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £3308.14.11dBWAS-1714
1744Sailed to the ShetlandsBWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Ship
3.7.1745Action of 1745-07-03
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Le Royal (28) off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer La Duchesse de Penthièvre (26) off Ostend BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Large Prize off Ostend BG
21.11.1745Took the Privateer L'Espérance in the Channel?
2.1746On the coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
25.3.1746Sheerness v Hasard
25.3.1746Took the Unrated Snow Prince Charles (14) Tongue Bay
5.5.1746Took the Privateer Le Jeune Conquérant
1748Carried news of the peace to JamaicaBWAS-1714
7.10.1748Navy Board ordered the quarterdeck lengthened by 8 feetBWAS-1714
10.5.1750Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 106
4.7.1750SurveyedBWAS-1714
10.3.1755SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1755Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1755RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1755Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2856.15.7dBWAS-1714
11.12.1755Took the Privateer Les Treize Cantons
6.2.1757Took the Privateer Le Prince de Soubise (16)
6.5.1757Took the Privateer L'Automne (4)
11.7.1757Took the Privateer Le Port Mahon
6.3.1758Sailed with a convoy for Gibraltar and the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
4.6.1760Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1763Returned home and paid offBWAS-1714
27.8.1764SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.7.1768SurveyedBWAS-1714
7.7.1768Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
26.7.1768Sold at Deptford for £315BWAS-1714

 

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