Sheerness

6674
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 - London - Surrey 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 - 17.12.1763CaptainGeorge 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 - London - Surrey at a cost of £3984.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.10.1743Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
19.11.1743Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3308.14.11dBWAS-1714
1744Sailed to the ShetlandsBWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth RateBWAS-1714
3.7.1745Action of 1745-07-03
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Virginia Prize off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Le Royal (28) off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer La Duchesse de Penthièvre (26) off Ostend - Flanders BG
3.7.1745Took the Privateer Name Unknown Large Prize off Ostend - Flanders 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 - Deptford ADM 106
4.7.1750SurveyedBWAS-1714
10.3.1755SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1755Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.1755RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1755Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford 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
17.12.1763Paid offADM 51
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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