Stirling Castle

Nominal Guns70BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down25.8.1740BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 70-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Ward (d.1752)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck151' 0"Imperial Feet46.0248 
Length of Keel121' 9"Imperial Feet36.8917 
Breadth43' 6"Imperial Feet13.1572 
Depth in Hold17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,225 4094Tons BM 


24.4.1742Broadside Weight = 522 Imperial Pound ( 236.727 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

1755Broadside Weight = 504 Imperial Pound ( 228.564 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733480Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

24.4.1742 - 7.2.1742/43CaptainThomas Davers (1689-1746) ADM 6/16/48BWAS-17148.2.1742/43 - 24.5.1743CaptainWilliam Cleland (d.1744) ADM 6/16/147BWAS-171425.5.1743 - 1.6.1743CaptainWilliam Marsh (d.1765) ADM 6/16/425
Commission confirmed 16.1.1743/44
2.6.1743 - 6.8.1743CaptainEdmund Williams (d.1751/52) ADM 6/17/13
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 25.10.1745
ADM 6/17
4.8.1743 - 2.12.1745CaptainThomas Cooper (d.1760) ADM 6/17/178
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 5.12.1746
ADM 6/17
2.12.1745 - 22.1.1745/46CaptainJohn Fawler (d.1777) ADM 6/17/287BWAS-171423.1.1745/46 - 8.1746CaptainBlumfield Barradall (d.1749) ADM 6/17/48ADM 6/171.7.1755 - 28.12.1758CaptainSamuel Cornish (1715-1770) ADM 6/18/177BWAS-171428.12.1758 - 3.3.1762CaptainMichael Everitt (1716-bef.1776) ADM 6/19/17BWAS-171420.3.1762 - 17.8.1762CaptainJames Campbell (c.1714-?) ADM 6/20/76
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 19.6.1765
17.8.1762 - 14.9.1762CaptainCharles Napier (c.1730-1831) ADM 6/19/513
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 20.6.1763

1 Flag Officer

18.2.1760 - 18.2.1762CommodoreSir James Douglas (1703-1787)W029

9 Commissioned Officers

24.4.1742 - 28.2.1742/43First LieutenantJohn Rowzier (c.1714-1752) ADM 6/16/48ADM 6/1624.4.1742 - 28.2.1742/43Second LieutenantMathew King (d.1749) ADM 6/16/48ADM 6/1624.4.1742 - 31.7.1744Third LieutenantWilliam Cust (d.1748) ADM 6/16/48ADM 6/1624.4.1742 - 2.4.1745Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Beed (c.1714-c.1749) ADM 6/16/48ADM 6/161.3.1742/43 - 1.5.1745First LieutenantMathew King (d.1749) ADM 6/16/153ADM 6/161.5.1745 - 9.12.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Dunton (c.1715-c.1748) ADM 3/17/360
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 2.6.1748
ADM 6/17
18.10.1745 - 29.11.1745Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsDavid Miller (d.bef.1756) ADM 6/17/105
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 16.5.1746
ADM 6/17
9.12.1745 - 14.8.1746Second LieutenantThomas Dunton (c.1715-c.1748) ADM 3/17/360
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 2.6.1748
ADM 6/17
7.2.1746/47 - 28.12.1747Second LieutenantBrooke Kelsall (d.c.1754) ADM 6/17/331
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 14.3.1747/48
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

1742 - 8.4.1742BoatswainRobert Gray ADM 6/16/42ADM 6/16

1 Petty Officer

13.5.1743 - 8.9.1743MidshipmanRichard Bickerton (1727-1792) ADM 6/86/4ODNB

Service History

30.5.1742Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £25974.3.3dBWAS-1714
11.2.1744Battle of Toulon
4.4.1745Took the Frigate Le Volage (24)

Paid off

ADM 51
8.1749Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate
8.1749Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £11159.5.9dBWAS-1714
1755Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate
17.6.1756Sailed to New York with transportsBWAS-1714
3.1758Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
16.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1760At the NoreBWAS-1714
5.9.1760Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1761In North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.1761Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
3.6.1761Occupation of Dominica
1.1762At MartiniqueBWAS-1714
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
4.1762Sailed to JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
11.6.1762Siege of El Morro
14.9.1762Stripped and scuttled in Havanna as unservicableBWAS-1714


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