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-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorJoseph Allin (d.1759)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-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 Commanding Officers

5.3.1740/41 - 12.1.1743/44CaptainJames Cornewall (1698-1743/44) ADM 6/15/392BWAS-171412.1.1743/44 - 22.1.1747/48CaptainThe Hon. George Townshend (1716-1769) ADM 6/17/298
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 18.12.1747
26.3.1755 - 15.2.1757CaptainJames Douglas (1703-1787) ADM 6/18/149BWAS-171415.2.1757 - 17.12.1759CaptainThorpe Fowke (d.1784) ADM 6/18/356BWAS-17145.3.1760 - 26.9.1761CaptainJohn Lockhart (1721-1790) ADM 6/19/143BWAS-171414.5.1762 - 20.12.1762CaptainWilliam Martin (c.1724-1766) ADM 6/19/409BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers

5.3.1740/41 - 11.6.1744First LieutenantJohn Pitman (d.1751/52) ADM 6/15/392ADM 6/156.3.1740/41 - 27.8.1743Third LieutenantPaul Lovelace (c.1711-1757) ADM 6/15/393ADM 6/1530.6.1741 - 10.9.1742Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJoshua Wybourne ADM 6/15/446
Commission confirmed 27.8.1741
ADM 6/15
11.9.1742 - 27.8.1743Third LieutenantJoshua Wybourne ADM 6/16/418
Commission confirmed 9.1.1743/44
ADM 6/16
28.8.1743 - 27.3.1746Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Faulknor (d.c.1749) ADM 6/17/169
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 1.11.1746
ADM 6/17
21.10.1745 - 20.8.1747First LieutenantWilliam Baker (d.bef.1760) ADM 6/17/331
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 14.3.1747/48
ADM 6/17
12.9.1747 - 22.1.1747/48Third LieutenantRobert Tilliard (d.1753) ADM 6/17/292
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)
Commission confirmed 7.12.1747
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

1770 - 15.10.1770PurserRobert Hunter ADM 6/20/300ADM 6/20

Service History

24.5.1741Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £26581.12.9dBWAS-1714
1742Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
10.2.1742/43Battle 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)
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

11.1767Renamed Bedford HulkBWAS-1603
11.1767Refitted as a Unrated Hulk BWAS-1714
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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