Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1783BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAdventure ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Edward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 3"Imperial Feet42.6739 
Length of Keel115' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet35.0584 
Breadth38' 5"Imperial Feet11.5983 
Depth in Hold16' 10"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Draught Forward10' 6"Imperial Feet3.2004 
Draught Aft14' 4"Imperial Feet4.2926 
Burthen905 4994Imperial Feet0.0132 


16.7.1787Broadside Weight = 318 Imperial Pound ( 144.213 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1782300Design Complement

3 Ship Commanders

1.6.1793 - 8.10.1793CaptainLord George Stewart (Viscount Garlies) (1768-1834) Transfered ADM 6/24/243ADM 6/248.10.1793 - 30.10.1793Captain Richard Fisher ADM 6/24/272ADM 6/2430.10.1793 - 1793Captain William George Fairfax (1739-1813) ADM 6/24/279ADM 6/24

1 Commissioned Officer

15.7.1799 - 1803Commander John Surman Carden (1771-1858)ref:616

2 Petty Officers

1797Midshipman Prosper Ambrose (d.1848)NBD18493.1803 - 8.1.1805Midshipman Benjamin John Bray (1786-1846)NBD1849

Service History

5.5.1804Took the Brig L'Alfred (14) ref:692


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Posted by regis on Monday 25th of March 2019 20:31

Sir James Lind Commander in 1804 ???

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 22nd of March 2019 20:02

About the 7th Jan. 1805, a hurricane commenced at Ceylon, during which the Sheerness 44, then commanded by Lord George Stuart, parted her cables, and drove on shore. Very little time had elapsed, before the water rose above the orlop-deck, the main-mast went by the board, and pumping proved ineffectual. At the commencement of the storm, Lord George, his first Lieutenant, and others, used every possible exertion to get on board, but their boat swamping, they with difficulty regained the shore. The launch, sent to their assistance, was also swamped, and two of her crew drowned.

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