Strafford

6917
Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Strafford' (1714) (54)
Ordered22.5.1733BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down15.9.1733BWAS-1714
Launched24.7.1735BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth B028
Ship Class1706 Establishment 54-Gunner
ConstructorJohn Ward (d.1752)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk as Breakwater8.1756BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck144' 0"Imperial Feet43.8912 
Length of Keel116' 6"Imperial Feet35.3663 
Breadth41' 6"Imperial Feet12.6492 
Depth in Hold16' 11"Imperial Feet4.881 
Draught Forward9' 11"Imperial Feet2.7686 
Draught Aft15' 0"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen1,067 794Tons BM 

Armament


1735Broadside Weight = 435 Imperial Pound ( 197.2725 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1743Broadside Weight = 462 Imperial Pound ( 209.517 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck24 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1735400EstablishmentBWAS-1714
1743420Revised EstablishmentBWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.1738 - 10.7.1739CaptainThomas Durell (d.1741)BWAS-171410.7.1739 - 8.1742CaptainThomas Trevor (d.1745) ADM 6/15/198BWAS-171419.3.1743/44 - 30.6.1745CaptainEdward Legge (d.1747) ADM 6/16/280BWAS-17141.7.1745 - 1747CaptainCornelius Mitchell (d.1749) ADM 6/17/371
Issued by Thomas Davers (1689-1746), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 29.7.1748
BWAS-1714
1747 - 9.3.1747/48CaptainJames Rentone (1702-1747/48)BWAS-17149.3.1747/48 - 7.7.1749CaptainDavid Brodie (1709-1787) ADM 6/17/487
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 17.8.1749
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
2.1740 - 4.1740Vice-Admiral of the BlueEdward Vernon (1684-1757)BWAS-1714

9 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.2.1740/41 - 30.3.1744Second LieutenantJohn Goodall (d.1746) ADM 6/16/102
Commission confirmed 24.9.1742
ADM 6/16
10.6.1741 - 5.7.1742Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Lowther (d.1746) ADM 6/17/33
Issued by Edward Vernon (1684-1757), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 16.12.1745
ADM 6/17
4.9.1744 - 30.6.1745Second LieutenantHenry Rose (d.c.1754) ADM 6/16/359ADM 6/161.7.1745 - 25.7.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Mitchell ADM 6/17/496
Issued by Thomas Davers (1689-1746)
Commission confirmed 21.9.1749
ADM 6/17
25.7.1745 - 30.1.1747/48Second LieutenantJohn Mitchell ADM 6/17/496
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 21.9.1749
ADM 6/17
6.11.1745 - 11.3.1748/49Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsKer Bellenden (d.1753) ADM 6/17/368
Issued by Thomas Davers (1689-1746)
Commission confirmed 12.7.1748
ADM 6/17
29.1.1747/48 - 1.11.1748Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJoseph Stout ADM 6/17/483
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 17.7.1749
ADM 6/17
1.11.1748 - 7.7.1749Second LieutenantJoseph Stout ADM 6/17/483
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 17.7.1749
ADM 6/17
13.6.1749 - 7.7.1749Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Cornwall (d.1796) ADM 6/17/499
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 6.10.1749
ADM 6/17

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
8.12.1738 - 19.1.1738/39Able SeamanThomas Burnett (1724-1783)ref:898

Service History


DateEventSource
8.4.1738Began Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
22.4.1738Completed Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £17579.12.2dBWAS-1714
5.1738Commissioned for service as a guardship at PlymouthBWAS-1714
5.1739Fitted for foreign service at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
23.7.1739Sailed with Vernon's fleetBWAS-1714
21.11.1739At Porto BelloBWAS-1714
21.11.1739Attack on Puerto Bello
60.1739RecommissionedBWAS-1714
23.3.1739/40At capture of ChagresBWAS-1714
3.1740/41Present in operations against CartagenaBWAS-1714
8.1742Sailed for homeBWAS-1714
1743Refitted as a 58 gun Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
6.1743Began great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
4.1744RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1744Completed great repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £20773.19.2dBWAS-1714
8.1744In Balchen's fleet until SeptemberBWAS-1714
1745To Jamaica in Vice-Admiral Daver's squadronBWAS-1714
1746In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1746Encounter with ConflansBWAS-1714
3.8.1746Action of August 3 1746
8.3.1747/48In attack on Port LouisBWAS-1714
5.4.1748At SantiagoBWAS-1714
9.4.1748Battle of Santiago de Cuba
12.10.1748Battle of Havana
17.7.1749Paid off at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham ADM 106
16.8.1749SurveyedBWAS-1714
15.11.1755Reported as unfit for serviceBWAS-1714
11.8.1756Order to be sunk as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1739/07/251741British Fleet in the West indiesEdward Vernon (1684-1757)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ref:898The Mid-eighteenth century navy from the perspective of captain Thomas Burnett and his peersAnne Byrne McLeodThesis
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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