Worcester

7445
Nominal Guns60BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered6.2.1732/33BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down13.11.1733BWAS-1714
Launched20.12.1735BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.5.1738
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 60-Gunner
ConstructorJoseph Allin (d.1759)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up5.9.1765BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck144' 0"Imperial Feet43.8912 
Length of Keel116' 4"Imperial Feet35.3632 
Breadth41' 5"Imperial Feet12.6238 
Depth in Hold16' 11"Imperial Feet4.881 
Burthen1,061 4994Tons BM 

Armament


20.1735Broadside 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
1733400Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.5.1738 - 13.7.1738CaptainThe Hon. William Hervey ADM 6/15/116ADM 6/1514.7.1738 - 4.6.1741CaptainPerry Mayne (c.1697-1761) ADM 6/16/131BWAS-17146.6.1741 - 7.2.1740/41CaptainWilliam Cleland (d.1744) ADM 6/16/163
Commission confirmed 30.3.1743
BWAS-1714
27.10.1743 - 13.2.1744/45CaptainMatthew Michel (c.1705-1752) ADM 6/16/233BWAS-171414.2.1744/45 - 13.4.1746CaptainJohn Bentley (1703-1772) ADM 6/17/36
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 30.12.1745
ADM 6/17
15.7.1745 - 16.1.1753CaptainThomas Andrews (d.1756) ADM 6/17/421BWAS-1714

8 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.5.1738 - 1741First LieutenantWilliam Metcalfe (d.1741)† ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/1516.5.1738 - 13.7.1738Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Ridge ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/1514.7.1738 - 6.6.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Rice ADM 6/15/131ADM 6/1526.7.1738 - 18.2.1740/41Second LieutenantCharles Wimbleton ADM 6/15/133ADM 6/157.6.1739 - 18.2.1740/41Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Rice ADM 6/16/180ADM 6/158.6.1741 - 27.8.1742Second LieutenantCharles Graham (d.1745) ADM 6/16/259
Commission confirmed 14.1.1743/44
ADM 6/16
13.6.1741 - 12.1.1743/44Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Daniel (d.1746) ADM 6/16/143
Commission confirmed 1.2.1741/42
ADM 6/16
27.7.1745 - 8.2.1745/46Second LieutenantThomas Burnett (1724-1783) ADM 6/17/106
Commission confirmed 17.5.1746
ADM 6/18

Service History


DateEventSource
1738Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
24.6.1738Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £15532.1.10dBWAS-1714
24.6.1738Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3595.17.0dBWAS-1714
21.11.1739At Porto BelloBWAS-1714
21.11.1739Attack on Puerto Bello
4.3.1740/41Operations against Cartagena
7.1741Operations against Santiago
3.1741/42At Porto BelloBWAS-1714
1743Refitted as a 58 gun Fourth Rate Ship of the Line
2.1743Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1743Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £15800.7.8dBWAS-1714
9.1745Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
3.8.1746Action of 1746-08-03
25.3.1747Action of 25 March 1747
8.3.1747/48Attack on Port LouisBWAS-1714
5.4.1748Attack on SantiagoBWAS-1714
9.4.1748Battle of Santiago de Cuba
19.6.1749SurveyedBWAS-1714
10.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
5.9.1765Broken up at Portsmouth for £341.19.10 1/2dBWAS-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
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
 

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