Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyAmerican Sixth Rate frigate 'Virginia' (1776) (28)
First Commissioned19.5.1778BWAS-1714
ShipyardFell's Point - Baltimore W027
Designed byJoshua Humphreys (1751-1838)ref:740
ConstructorGeorge WellsW027
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up12.1782BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 3 ½"Imperial Feet38.4175 
Length of Keel105' 7 ¼"Imperial Feet32.0104 
Breadth34' 10"Imperial Feet10.3632 
Depth in Hold10' 5 ½"Imperial Feet3.0607 
Burthen681 5394Tons BM 


5.1778Broadside Weight = 126 Imperial Pound ( 57.141 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1778200 BWAS-1714

1 Commanding Officer

19.5.1778 - 11.10.1780CaptainSir John Orde (1751-1824) ADM 6/21/509
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 10.2.1779

Service History

25.8.1778Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £4523.15.0dBWAS-1714
24.7.1779Penobscot Expedition
1780Operations against SavannahBWAS-1714
15.10.1780Arrived at ChathamBWAS-1714
1.1781Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1782Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W027American War of Independence at SeaKen KellowWeb Site
ref:740The Sailing Navy, 1775-1854Paul H. SilverstoneBook

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