Vigilant

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Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Third Rate ship of the line 'Le Vigilant' (1744) (64)
Captured19.5.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned23.5.1745BWAS-1714
ShipyardBrest Dockyard - Brest NNF-1715
Ship ClassSaint Michel ClassNNF-1715
Designed byJean-Marie HelieNNF-1715
ConstructorJacques-Luc Coulomb (1713-1791)NNF-1715
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold11.12.1759BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck153' 9"Imperial Feet46.6387 
Length of Keel130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Breadth43' 8"Imperial Feet13.1741 
Depth in Hold18' 2 ½"Imperial Feet5.4991 
Burthen1,318 4894Tons BM 

Armament


1747Broadside 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
5.1745420 BWAS-1714

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.5.1745 - 23.9.1747CaptainJames Douglas (1703-1787) ADM 6/17/222
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 1.5.1747
BWAS-1714
23.9.1747 - 1.3.1748/49CaptainWilliam Lisle (d.1751/52) ADM 6/17/269BWAS-17141.3.1748/49 - 6.6.1752CaptainJohn Rowzier (c.1714-1752) ADM 6/18/37
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
Commission confirmed 10.6.1752
ADM 6/18

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.1746 - 1747Rear-Admiral of the WhitePeter Warren (1703-1752)BWAS-17141751 - 26.1.1751/52CommodoreWilliam Lisle (d.1751/52)† ADM 107/3/65BWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.7.1745 - 4.3.1745/46Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsBon Gardner (c.1724-?) ADM 6/17/222
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 1.5.1747
ADM 6/17
30.9.1745 - 4.3.1745/46First LieutenantNicholas Cooper (d.1750) ADM 6/17/264
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 29.8.1747
ADM 6/17
4.3.1745/46 - 16.10.1747First LieutenantBon Gardner (c.1724-?) ADM 6/17/222
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 1.5.1747
ADM 6/17
4.3.1745/46 - 16.10.1747Second LieutenantThomas Cobby (1711-1789) ADM 6/17/225
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), English Channel - British Isles
Commission confirmed 15.5.1747
ADM 6/17
4.3.1745/46 - 15.10.1747Third LieutenantRobert Carew (d.1754) ADM 6/17/228
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 26.5.1747
ADM 6/17
16.10.1747 - 1748Second LieutenantThomas Compton (d.1748)† ADM 6/17/275ADM 6/1716.10.1747 - 6.6.1752Third LieutenantBon Gardner (c.1724-?) ADM 6/17/275ADM 6/1716.10.1747 - 7.11.1751Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRobert Carew (d.1754) ADM 6/17/275ADM 6/17

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
19.7.1747 - 12.11.1747Able SeamanJohn Archer (c.1723-1762) ADM 107/4/168ADM 107/4

Service History


DateEventSource
20.5.1745Commissioned at LouisbourgBWAS-1714
30.4.1747Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
10.6.1747Purchased at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £15185.2.0dBWAS-1714
10.6.1747Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1747Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
28.9.1747Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £9754.0.6dBWAS-1714
1752Returned homeBWAS-1714
6.6.1752Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 6/18
29.6.1752SurveyedBWAS-1714
30.10.1759SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.11.1759Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
11.12.1759Sold at Chatham for £810BWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1746-1746British Fleet at LouisbourgIsaac Townsend (1684-1765) 
 

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Posted by Nick Serpell on Monday 6th of April 2020 14:32

Walter Serpell from Menheniot Cornwall. According to his Admin papers he was a mariner who died while serving on HMS Vigilant in July 1747 . Cause of death not recorded.

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