Southsea Castle

Nominal Guns40BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down26.1.1722/23BWAS-1714
First Commissioned15.9.1724BWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 40-GunnerBWAS-1714
Constructor John NaishBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 5"Imperial Feet36.5824 
Length of Keel99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752 
Breadth32' 5"Imperial Feet9.8171 
Depth in Hold13' 4"Imperial Feet3.9963 
Burthen553 3594Tons BM 


10.7.1724Broadside Weight = 180 Imperial Pound ( 81.63 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719190Design Complement

4 Ship Commanders

15.9.1724 - 15.5.1728Captain Arthur Delgarno (d.1731) ADM 6/13/78BWAS-171411.1739 - 8.1740Captain John Crawford (d.1740)BWAS-171416.11.1739 - 9.11.1740Captain John Craford (d.1740)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/15/236ADM 6/1519.2.1740/41 - 6.12.1743Captain William Dandridge (d.1747) ADM 6/15/447
Confirmed 31.8.1741

10 Commissioned Officers

15.9.1724 - 15.5.1728First Lieutenant John Wood ADM 6/13/78ADM 6/1315.9.1724 - 1725Second Lieutenant Hugh Martin (d.1725)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/13/78ADM 6/1315.9.1724 - 28.9.1724Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Philip Vincent (d.1746) ADM 6/13/78ADM 6/1329.9.1724 - 9.5.1728Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Mallett ADM 6/13/79ADM 6/139.5.1728 - 15.5.1728Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms Thomas Swanton (d.1744) ADM 6/13/204ADM 6/1316.11.1739 - 1740First Lieutenant Arthur Crocker (d.1740)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/15/236ADM 6/1516.11.1739 - 3.7.1740Second LieutenantLord Alexander Ogilvy (bef.1718-1746) ADM 6/15/236ADM 6/154.7.1740 - 2.9.1741Second Lieutenant Thomas Ruffin (d.1754) ADM 6/15/306ADM 6/153.9.1741 - 28.11.1743First Lieutenant Thomas Ruffin (d.1754) Transfered ADM 6/15/489ADM 6/153.9.1741 - 30.10.1741Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThe Hon. James Hamilton (c.1713-1745) ADM 6/15/489ADM 6/15

2 Petty Officers

15.11.1724 - 22.7.1728Midshipman John Jennings (d.bef.1733) ADM 107/3/187ADM 107/323.12.1724 - 6.9.1727Midshipman Ordinary Richard Pocock (d.c.1735) Transfered ADM 107/3/181ADM 107/3

Service History

1.1723Began rebuilding at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.7.1724Completed rebuilding at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6822.2.4dBWAS-1714
10.7.1724Began Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.10.1724Completed Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2671.7.5dBWAS-1714
1725Commissioned for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
6.1730fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
1740Sailed for VirginiaBWAS-1714
1741In the West IndiesBWAS-1714

Home to pay off

16.6.1744Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
12.7.1744Sold at Deptford for £421BWAS-1714


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