Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down23.8.1733BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.3.1734BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 20-GunnerBWAS-1714
Designed by The SurveyorsBWAS-1714
Constructor Richard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up24.6.1755BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Length of Keel86' 11 ½"Imperial Feet26.2255 
Breadth30' 6"Imperial Feet9.2964 
Depth in Hold9' 5"Imperial Feet2.8702 
Burthen430 2594Tons BM 


28.3.1734Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733140Design Complement

5 Ship Commanders

27.3.1734 - 6.11.1738Captain Mathew Norris (1705-1738) ADM 6/14/180BWAS-171430.1.1738/39 - 1.12.1741CaptainThe Hon. George Townshend (1716-1769) Transfered ADM 6/15/157BWAS-17142.12.1741 - 5.10.1743Captain Thomas Lake (d.1750) Transfered ADM 6/15/486BWAS-171426.8.1743 - 18.7.1747Captain Henry Ward (c.1713-1766) ADM 6/16/213BWAS-171418.7.1747 - 29.5.1752Captain William Brett (c.1718-1769) ADM 6/17/247BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

13.4.1734 - 15.5.1738Lieutenant John Pitman (d.1751/52) Transfered ADM 6/15/182ADM 6/1430.1.1738/39 - 11.6.1739Lieutenant John Davies ADM 6/15/157ADM 6/1513.9.1742 - 4.1.1745/46Lieutenant Peter Robertson (c.1711-1747) ADM 6/16/99ADM 6/16

2 Crewmen

4.10.1736 - 7.12.1738Able Seaman Thomas Burnett (1724-1783) Transferedref:89819.1.1738/39 - 23.1.1741/42Able Seaman Thomas Burnett (1724-1783) Transferedref:898

Service History

1734Commissioned for New YorkBWAS-1714
28.3.1734building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5612.11.3dBWAS-1714
11.1738Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

3.1738/39Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2900.12.9dBWAS-1714
10.8.1739Arrived in Bostonref:569
4.1740Attack on St. Augustine
6.1740Operations in GeorgiaBWAS-1714
4.8.1741Took the Privateer Virgin del Rosario
12.1741In the Western ApproachesBWAS-1714
17.4.1742Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora del Carmen
7.1742In the OrkneysBWAS-1714
9.1742Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1742Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2882.14.6dBWAS-1714
7.1743Began refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
9.1743Completed refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2500.8.4dBWAS-1714
1744Recommissioned for South CarolinaBWAS-1714
6.5.1746Took the Privateer San Fransisco Xavier
1.1747Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
9.1747Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6329.17.1dBWAS-1714
6.1748Sailed for the East Indies with news of the PeaceBWAS-1714
1751Returned from the East IndiesBWAS-1714

Paid off

10.4.1755Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
24.6.1755Break up completed at DeptfordBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Saturday 6th of February 2016 00:36

1740 Charlestown May 24 - On Saturday last being the 17th instant about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, Capt. Townsend, Commander of his Majesty’s ship Tartar, sent his boat with a press gang under the direction of Samuel Batters, Master of the ship, in order to press all the men belonging to the ship Caesar (Fancis Williams, Master) which was then coming down from Hobcaw , which said Francis Williams had intelligence of just before the boat belonging to the said ship Tartar got on board, on which he advised all his people to lock themselves up in the cabin, to prevent their being pressed, they accordingly took his advice. Immediately after which, the said Tartar's boat came, when the Master asked the said Williams; where his men were, who told him they were in the ship; on which the Master answered him, that he wanted them for his Majesty's service, and would not have them; to which the said Williams replied, he did not concern himself about it; on which reply the Master began to be pretty warm, and after a few words drew his sword, and made a thrust at the said Williams, who prevented it's touching him, by stepping back; on which the Pilot Mr. Poole (who had the charge of the ship) asked the Master whether he thought he did right? On which the said Master made a thrust at him, but slightly pricked him, so as not to do to much damage. Directly upon the same, the said Williams and Pilot quitted the ship, and as they were going over the side, they heard the Master order his men to fire. The said Williams and Pilot went directly to town; soon after their arrival, news came, that the Master had broke open companion, and cabin door belonging to the said ship Caesar, and got with his men into the cabin where the sailors were, who were resolved to defend themselves from being pressed, so that they began to fire at each other, but the sailors did not make any long defence. As soon as the heat was over, the Master presented his gun at one of them, who dodged him, and at last shot him, and dragging him into the boat like a dog, in which he died before the said Master got on board the ship Tartar, which himself and gang did as soon as possible. The deceased was fetched from on board the Tartar, on the Sunday morning following, and the Jury of Inquest sat on the body, brought in their verdict of willful murder. The Tartar sailed that day into Rebellion Road, and there lay. And also the murder had been deemed by the Government, he was not delivered up, but protected on board the ship. It is reported, that the Master did say, he was sorry he did not kill Captain Williams.before he left his ship.

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