Nominal Guns80BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1.1735/36BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.8.1739BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1733 Establishment 80-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up16.3.1763BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck158' 0"Imperial Feet48.1584 
Length of Keel127' 2"Imperial Feet38.7115 
Breadth45' 5"Imperial Feet13.7414 
Depth in Hold18' 7"Imperial Feet5.5086 
Burthen1,389 9094Tons BM 


28.5.1739Broadside Weight = 770 Imperial Pound ( 349.195 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733600Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

10.8.1739 - 11.1.1740/41CaptainRichard Lestock (1678/79-1748) ADM 6/15/209BWAS-171412.1.1740/41 - 7.6.1741CaptainCharles Colby (c.1701-1771) ADM 6/15/469BWAS-17148.6.1741 - 2.5.1743CaptainThomas Watson (d.1744) ADM 6/16/236
Commission confirmed 7.11.1743
16.8.1743 - 18.9.1743CaptainWilliam Dilke (d.1756) ADM 6/16/210ADM 6/1619.9.1743 - 11.12.1743CaptainDigby Dent (1710-1761) ADM 6/16/220ADM 6/1612.12.1743 - 8.11.1744CaptainRowland Frogmere (d.1744)† ADM 6/16/248BWAS-17148.11.1744 - 8.2.1745/46CaptainJames Lloyd (d.1761) ADM 6/17/132
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 25.7.1746
9.2.1745/46 - 20.11.1746CaptainThomas Allison (d.1776) ADM 6/17/139
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 11.8.1746
ADM 6/17
20.11.1746 - 14.3.1746/47CaptainJohn Bowdler (c.1709-1754) ADM 3/17/346
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 19.4.1748
ADM 6/17
14.3.1746/47 - 30.3.1747CaptainThomas Latham (c.1720-1762) ADM 6/17/392
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 21.10.1748
30.3.1747 - 10.11.1748CaptainCotton Dent (d.1761) ADM 3/17/362
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 4.6.1748

4 Flag Officers

22.7.1740 - 9.1740Admiral of the FleetSir John Norris (1670-1749)BWAS-171412.1.1740/41 - 6.1741CommodoreRichard Lestock (1678/79-1748)BWAS-17146.1741 - 11.1742Vice-Admiral of the WhiteEdward Vernon (1684-1757)BWAS-17149.1747Vice-Admiral of the BlueThe Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)BWAS-1714

40 Commissioned Officers

14.8.1739 - 29.6.1740First LieutenantWilliam Carey (d.1741) ADM 6/15/210ADM 6/1514.8.1739 - 29.8.1739Third LieutenantJames Smith (d.1740) ADM 6/15/210ADM 6/1514.8.1739 - 29.8.1739Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Bullivant (d.1740) ADM 6/15/210ADM 6/1531.8.1739 - 29.2.1739/40Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsThomas Innes (c.1708-1749/50) ADM 6/15/217ADM 6/154.9.1739 - 7.4.1740Second LieutenantCharles Mason (d.1747) ADM 6/15/219ADM 6/151.3.1739/40 - 3.3.1739/40Third LieutenantThomas Innes (c.1708-1749/50) ADM 6/15/252ADM 6/154.3.1739/40 - 8.4.1740Third LieutenantArthur Vaughan (c.1715-1785) ADM 6/15/255ADM 6/154.3.1739/40 - 7.4.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsFrancis Villiers ADM 6/15/255ADM 6/158.4.1740 - 29.6.1740Third LieutenantFrancis Villiers ADM 6/15/272ADM 6/158.4.1740 - 5.8.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Roots ADM 6/15/272ADM 6/1530.6.1740 - 28.8.1740First LieutenantThomas Gregory (d.1747/48) ADM 6/15/303ADM 6/1530.6.1740 - 1.9.1740Second LieutenantAlexander Stewart (d.1742) ADM 6/15/303ADM 6/152.9.1740 - 26.9.1740First LieutenantAlexander Stewart (d.1742) ADM 6/15/328ADM 6/1527.9.1740 - 6.10.1740Second LieutenantCharles Hardy (1716-1780) ADM 6/15/337ADM 6/1527.9.1740 - 6.10.1740Third LieutenantThomas Knowler (c.1712-1783) ADM 6/15/337ADM 6/1527.9.1740 - 5.10.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Novell (d.c.1745) ADM 6/15/337ADM 6/156.10.1740Third LieutenantJohn Novell (d.c.1745) ADM 6/15/348ADM 6/156.10.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Neale ADM 6/15/348ADM 6/157.10.1740 - 29.3.1741Second LieutenantJohn Novell (d.c.1745) ADM 6/15/248ADM 6/157.10.1740 - 5.10.1741Third LieutenantJohn Neale ADM 6/15/348ADM 6/157.10.1740 - 7.6.1741Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Weston ADM 6/16/348ADM 6/1530.3.1741 - 7.6.1741Second LieutenantCharles Graham (d.1745) ADM 6/16/259
Commission confirmed 14.1.1743/44
ADM 6/16
8.6.1741 - 15.10.1741Second LieutenantThomas Sturton (d.1754) ADM 6/17/202
Issued by Edward Vernon (1684-1757), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 20.2.1746/47
ADM 6/17
15.10.1741 - 25.2.1741/42First LieutenantEdmund Beavor (c.1702-1745) ADM 6/16/266
Commission confirmed 31.1.1743/44
ADM 6/16
23.8.1742 - 23.8.1743Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Clarke ADM 6/16/371
Commission confirmed 15.10.1744
ADM 6/16
14.10.1742 - 23.8.1743Third LieutenantFrancis Withers (d.c.1751) ADM 6/16/176ADM 6/1616.8.1743 - 8.11.1743First LieutenantThomas Griffin (d.1748) ADM 6/16/210ADM 6/1624.8.1743 - 30.8.1743Third LieutenantBenjamin Almes (c.1715-1746) ADM 6/16/212ADM 6/1611.10.1743 - 6.9.1745Second LieutenantStephen Pollington ADM 6/16/228ADM 6/169.11.1743 - 21.9.1744First LieutenantJonathon Russell ADM 6/16/238ADM 6/161.11.1744 - 16.2.1744/45Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Orseur (c.1724-?) ADM 6/17/417
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 2.12.1748
ADM 6/17
6.3.1744/45 - 29.3.1745Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsFrederick Breton (d.1747) ADM 6/16/538
Commission confirmed 4.9.1745
ADM 6/16
3.11.1745 - 19.12.1745Third LieutenantSalkeld John Proctor ADM 6/17/126
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 11.7.1746
ADM 6/17
19.12.1745 - 6.5.1747Third LieutenantWilliam Cock (d.1757) ADM 3/17/361
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 3.6.1748
ADM 6/17
6.5.1747 - 20.8.1747First LieutenantJohn Wheelock (d.1779) ADM 6/17/370
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 22.7.1748
ADM 6/17
19.8.1747 - 5.9.1747Second LieutenantWilliam Cleland (d.bef.1749) ADM 6/17/426
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)
Commission confirmed 27.12.1748
ADM 6/17
5.9.1747 - 9.1.1747/48First LieutenantWilliam Cleland (d.bef.1749) ADM 6/17/426
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)
Commission confirmed 27.12.1748
ADM 6/17
9.1.1747/48 - 10.11.1748First LieutenantEdmund Turner ADM 6/17/451
Issued by Sir Chaloner Ogle (1681-1750)
Commission confirmed 24.3.1748/49
ADM 6/17
9.1.1747/48 - 16.8.1748Third LieutenantMaurice Suckling (1726-1778) ADM 6/17/395
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)
Commission confirmed 28.10.1748
ADM 6/17
9.1.1747/48 - 5.8.1748Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Hughes (c.1724-1812) ADM 6/17/457
Issued by The Hon. John Byng (1704-1757), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 18.4.1749
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

1740 - 15.7.1740SurgeonJeffry Salt ADM 6/15/310ADM 6/15

Service History

7.9.1739Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £27310.13.6dBWAS-1714
5.1740Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3874.18.6dBWAS-1714
26.10.1740Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
10.2.1742/43Battle of Toulon
4.1743Began small repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
10.1743Completed small repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £9142.0.3dBWAS-1714
1744Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1748Sailed for homeBWAS-1714
10.11.1748Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 106
1750Converted to a prison shipBWAS-1714
1750Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship

His Majesty's ships Royal Anne, Saint George and Boyne are going to be made prison ships. The lease being out on Portchester Castle the prisoners are to be removed from thence on board the above ships.

16.3.1763Break up completed at Portsmouth for £599.15.6dBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Sunday 31st of January 2016 21:28

Gentleman's Magazine 1744 - (Regarding in part the Boyne) For we have many ships that are called 60 and 50 gun ships that are built of very different proportions and strength; the one of which could support batteries of large cannon, which the others could not, and some had convenient stowage for large numbers of men, and quantities of provisions for them, which the others are defective in. So that the primary enquiry is to the roominess and strength of the ship, to know what batteries she can support; and then the numbers of men requisite are the secondary consideration. For in the 80 gun ship I was last in, the Boyne, her lower battery was 32 pounders, and the upper 12 and 9; and the apparent reason those upper batteries were not heavier, was, that the beams were so slight that the decks could not bear a heavier battery. The Boyne, the ship I mentioned was rebuilt in 1739 , as the Victory was in 1737, both under the same direction. etc..

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