Southsea Castle

Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down29.5.1744BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
Constructor John OkillBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 1"Imperial Feet38.4058 
Length of Keel102' 3 ½"Imperial Feet31.1023 
Breadth36' 2"Imperial Feet10.9813 
Depth in Hold15' 5 ½"Imperial Feet4.5847 
Burthen711 6694Tons BM 


10.8.1745Broadside Weight = 282 Imperial Pound ( 127.887 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1741250Design Complement
1.1760130 BWAS-1714

9 Commanding Officers

24.8.1745 - 2.2.1745/46Captain John Amherst (1718-1778) ADM 6/16/532BWAS-17143.2.1745/46 - 8.12.1746Captain Hugh Bonfoy (c.1715-1762) ADM 6/17/53BWAS-17149.12.1746 - 7.10.1748Captain Thomas Craven (c.1715-1772) ADM 6/17/179BWAS-171413.12.1759 - 27.11.1760Commander William Newson (c.1717-1787) ADM 6/19/118BWAS-171427.11.1760 - 1.2.1761Commander Henry Cowell (c.1721-1765) ADM 6/20/93
Issued by Charles Steevens (1705-1761), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 14.10.1765
ADM 6/20
1.2.1761 - 6.6.1761Commander Isaac Florimond Ourry (1721-1773) ADM 6/20/47
Issued by Charles Steevens (1705-1761)
Commission confirmed 27.8.1764
ADM 6/20
6.6.1761 - 24.8.1761Commander Samuel Pitchford (1739-1816) ADM 6/20/48
Issued by Samuel Cornish (1715-1770), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 30.8.1764
ADM 6/20
24.8.1761 - 1.8.1762Commander George Ourry (1732-1800) ADM 6/20/43
Issued by Samuel Cornish (1715-1770), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 9.8.1764
ADM 6/20
25.8.1762 - 1.10.1762Commander William Sherwood (c.1733-?) ADM 6/19/489
Issued by Samuel Cornish (1715-1770), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 28.4.1763

4 Commissioned Officers

13.7.1745 - 23.8.1745Second Lieutenant Thomas Durell ADM 6/16/511ADM 6/1624.8.1745 - 4.10.1745Second Lieutenant William Driver (c.1721-bef.1745)† ADM 6/16/532ADM 6/1622.11.1745 - 19.3.1745/46Second Lieutenant Charles Roome (c.1714-1776) ADM 6/16/25ADM 6/1720.3.1745/46 - 7.10.1748First Lieutenant William Birch (c.1704-c.1748) ADM 6/17/75ADM 6/17

Service History

9.3.1745/46Completed at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
17.6.1746Took the Privateer Le Duc d'Estissac
13.4.1747Took the Privateer L'Alexandre (20) BG
1748In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 106
9.1759Refitted as a 28 gun Unrated Storeship
9.1759Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
1.1760Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £8872.0.3dBWAS-1714
6.3.1760Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Manilla operations
24.9.1762Battle of Manilla
1.10.1762Wrecked off ManillaBWAS-1714


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