Nominal Guns74BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Terrible' (1739) (78)
First Commissioned16.5.1753BWAS-1714
ShipyardToulon - Provence NNF-1715
Designed byFrançois Coulomb (1653/54-1716/17)BWAS-1714
ConstructorFrançois Coulomb (1653/54-1716/17)NNF-1715
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up16.2.1763BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck164' 3"Imperial Feet49.9884 
Length of Keel133' 11"Imperial Feet40.5392 
Breadth47' 3"Imperial Feet14.3365 
Depth in Hold20' 7 ½"Imperial Feet6.1087 
Burthen1,590 2894Tons BM 


1753Broadside Weight = 790 Imperial Pound ( 358.265 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle6 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1753650 BWAS-1714

5 Commanding Officers

16.5.1753 - 10.2.1755CaptainRobert Pett (d.c.1775) ADM 6/18/69BWAS-171410.2.1755 - 13.5.1755CaptainPhilip Durell (1707-1766) ADM 6/18/134BWAS-171413.5.1755 - 28.6.1756CaptainWilliam Holburne (c.1711-1760) ADM 6/18/163BWAS-171428.6.1756 - 19.11.1759CaptainRichard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/18/286BWAS-171419.11.1759 - 14.4.1760CaptainJohn Montagu (1719-1795) ADM 6/19/113ADM 6/19

1 Flag Officer

8.5.1755 - 6.1756Rear-Admiral of the BlueFrancis Holburne (1704-1771)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

16.5.1753 - 10.5.1754Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsSamuel Hood (1724-1816) ADM 6/18/69ODNB

Service History

6.1748Surveyed at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
30.9.1748Purchased at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £11211.11.0dBWAS-1714
4.1750Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1750Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7024.18.6dBWAS-1714
1753fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.1753Commissioned as guardship at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
11.5.1755Sailed to join BoscawenBWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
6.6.1758The Siege of Louisbourg
14.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
31.12.1762Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
16.2.1763Break up completed at Chatham for £586.6.3dBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
27.4.1755-4.11.1755Fleet for North AmericaThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761) 


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1715Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1715 à 1774Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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Posted by David Eckert on Sunday 25th of August 2019 15:42

As part of the Fleet to America in April 16, 1756, not 1757. Admiral Francis Holbourn's Fleet (7 ships) brought Major General Abercrombie and the first contingent of the 42nd and 35th Regiments. One of the ships was the Terrible.

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