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Nominal Guns24
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered11.8.1744
Keel Laid Down9.1745
Launched27.1.1745/46
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardBuckler's Hard
Ship Class1741 Establishment 20-Gunner
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)
ConstructorJames Wyatt & Co.
CategorySixth Rate
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold17.7.1770

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck112' 6"Imperial Feet34.1503 
Length of Keel91' 10"Imperial Feet27.7368 
Breadth32' 3"Imperial Feet9.7917 
Depth in Hold11' 1"Imperial Feet3.3782 
Burthen508 494Tons BM 

Armament


27.1.1745/46Broadside 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

8 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.1.1745/46 - 12.6.1746CaptainAbel Smith (1714-1756) ADM 6/17/47ADM 6/1725.6.1746 - 2.6.1749CaptainJames Webb (d.1761) ADM 6/17/120BWAS-17142.6.1749 - 5.6.1755CaptainPatrick Baird (1700-1761) ADM 6/17/468BWAS-17145.2.1756 - 17.2.1758CaptainRichard Knight (d.1798) ADM 6/18/233BWAS-171417.2.1758 - 11.12.1759CaptainCharles Antrobus (1725-1769) ADM 6/18/487BWAS-171411.12.1759 - 6.1763CaptainJoseph Fraine (d.1802) ADM 6/19/118BWAS-171420.6.1765 - 25.8.1766CaptainGeorge Vandeput (d.1800) ADM 6/20/78ADM 6/2026.5.1768 - 1768CaptainJohn Lewis Gidoin (c.1727-1796) ADM 6/20/203ADM 6/20

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
23.1.1745/46 - 21.3.1745/46LieutenantChristopher Lobb (c.1719-?) ADM 6/17/47ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
27.1.1745/46building at Buckler's Hard at a cost of £3984.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.2.1745/46Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.3.1745/46Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3195.7.7dBWAS-1714
28.5.1746Took the Privateer L'Aventurier
19.11.1746Took the Privateer L'Etendard (4) and carried into the Downs .BG
30.5.1747Took the Privateer L'Entreprenant
1748Paid off?BWAS-1714
23.1.1747/48Took the Unrated Corvette La Palme (12) into the Bay of BiscayBG
6.1749RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1750Off the coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
1751Off the coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
1752In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1753In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1754Paid off?BWAS-1714
8.3.1755SurveyedBWAS-1714
7.1755Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.2.1756RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1756Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £4161.6.8dBWAS-1714
22.6.1756Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
20.1.1757Took the Privateer La Marie Eleanor
23.3.1759Sailed with a convoy for South CarolinaBWAS-1714
16.4.1759Took the Privateer Le Lévrier (8) off Dunkirk
1761Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
1762Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
1763Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
6.1763Paid offBWAS-1714
27.8.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
31.1.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
13.6.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
14.6.1770Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
17.7.1770Sold at Deptford for £440BWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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