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Bedford -> 1767 Bedford Hulk

Nominal Guns70BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.4.1737BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.3.1740/41BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 70-Gunner (1733)BWAS-1714
Joseph AllinBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1718-1746
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the LineBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck150' 10 ½"Imperial Feet45.7327 
Length of Keel121' 6Imperial Feet36.8881 
Breadth43' 7 ½"Imperial Feet13.1191 
Depth in Hold17' 10"Imperial Feet5.1816 
Burthen1,229 8994Tons BM 


3.1740/41Broadside Weight = 522 Imperial Pound ( 236.727 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

1755Broadside Weight = 504 Imperial Pound ( 228.564 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733480Design Complement

6 Ship Commanders

5.3.1740/41 - 12.1.1743/44Captain
James CornewallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1740
ADM 6/15/392
12.1.1743/44 - 22.1.1747/48Captain
The Hon. George TownshendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1765
ADM 6/17/298
Issued by
Thomas MathewsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1749
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 18.12.1747
26.3.1755 - 15.2.1757Captain
James DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1782
Transfered ADM 6/18/149
15.2.1757 - 17.12.1759Captain
Thorpe FowkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1760
ADM 6/18/356
5.3.1760 - 26.9.1761Captain
John LockhartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1787
ADM 6/19/143
14.5.1762 - 20.12.1762Captain
William MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1762
ADM 6/19/409

7 Commissioned Officers

5.3.1740/41 - 11.6.1744First Lieutenant
John PitmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1745
Transfered ADM 6/15/392
ADM 6/15
6.3.1740/41 - 27.8.1743Third Lieutenant
Paul LovelaceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1757
ADM 6/15/393
ADM 6/15
30.6.1741 - 10.9.1742Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Joshua WybourneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1743
ADM 6/15/446
Confirmed 27.8.1741
ADM 6/15
11.9.1742 - 27.8.1743Third Lieutenant
Joshua WybourneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1743
ADM 6/16/418
Confirmed 9.1.1743/44
ADM 6/16
28.8.1743 - 27.3.1746Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
John FaulknorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1748
Transfered ADM 6/17/169
Issued by
Thomas MathewsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1749
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 1.11.1746
ADM 6/17
21.10.1745 - 20.8.1747First Lieutenant
William BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1753
Transfered ADM 6/17/331
Issued by
Thomas MathewsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1749
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 14.3.1747/48
ADM 6/17
12.9.1747 - 22.1.1747/48Third Lieutenant
Robert TilliardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1749
ADM 6/17/292
Issued by
The Hon. John ByngBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1757

Confirmed 7.12.1747
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

1770 - 15.10.1770Purser
Robert HunterBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1770
Transfered ADM 6/20/300
ADM 6/20

1 Petty Officer

8.7.1742 - 11.9.1745Midshipman
Thomas RoddBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1755
Transfered ADM 107/4/102
ADM 107/4

Service History

24.5.1741Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £26581.12.9dBWAS-1714
1742Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
10.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon

Returned home from the Mediterranean


Paid off at Chatham Dockyard

ADM 106
6.1749Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1749/50Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £11365.16.8dBWAS-1714
1755Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate
15.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.7.1757Arrived in North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
23.2.1758Sailed for LouisburgBWAS-1714
6.6.1758The Siege of Louisbourg
9.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
17.12.1759Paid offADM 51
16.3.1761Took the Frigate
La Comète (30) 1752-1761
French 30 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
25.5.1761Sailed as convoy escort to PortugalBWAS-1714
9.1761Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
26.9.1761Paid offADM 51
7.1762Refitting at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
7.1762Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7430.1.10dBWAS-1714

Paid off

11.1767Refitted as a Unrated HulkBWAS-1714
11.1767Renamed Bedford HulkBWAS-1603
17.7.1783Paid offADM 51
24.5.1787Sold for £415BWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Friday 15th of January 2016 16:25

1761 - His Majesty's ship the Bedford of 64 guns, commanded by Captain Deane, has taken and sent into Plymouth the Comete, French frigate of war, of 32 guns and 250 men, which the Bedford fell in with on the 16th inst. 30 leagues S. W. from Ushant, and, after a chase of 9 hours, took her. She sailed from Brest on the 9th inst.

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