Nominal Guns50BWAS-1603
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.7.1718BWAS-1603
First Commissioned15.3.1721/22
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1603
Ship Class1719 Establishment 50-Gunner
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk as Breakwater9.1749BWAS-1603


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 5"Imperial Feet40.8469 
Length of Keel109' 8"Imperial Feet33.2458 
Breadth36' 0"Imperial Feet10.9728 
Depth in Hold15' 2"Imperial Feet4.5822 
Burthen756 094Tons BM 


15.8.1721Broadside Weight = 315 Imperial Pound ( 142.8525 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck22 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719280Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers

15.3.1721/22 - 31.10.1722CaptainConingsby Norbury (1679-1734) ADM 6/13/31BWAS-16031.11.1722 - 31.12.1722CaptainTyrwit Cyley (d.1751) ADM 6/13/45ADM 6/1325.1.1725/26 - 31.12.1722CaptainThomas Whitney (d.1741) ADM 6/13/96BWAS-16034.1.1727/28 - 1.12.1729CaptainHenry Fowkes (d.1729)† ADM 6/13/183BWAS-160331.12.1729 - 30.6.1730CaptainEdward Brookes (d.1738) ADM 6/14/55
Commission confirmed 10.7.1730
23.2.1737/38 - 23.2.1738/39CaptainPhilip Vanbrugh (d.1753) ADM 6/15/96BWAS-160324.2.1738/39 - 1.12.1741CaptainEdmund Strange (d.1756) ADM 6/15/186
Commission confirmed 13.6.1739
2.12.1741 - 31.3.1743CaptainThe Hon. George Townshend (1716-1769) ADM 6/15/486BWAS-16031.4.1744 - 31.8.1744CaptainRichard Hughes (1708-1779)BWAS-160318.8.1744 - 2.1.1745/46CaptainJames Young (1717-1789) ADM 6/17/221
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 1.5.1747
2.1.1745/46 - 13.6.1746CaptainThe Hon. William Farmer (c.1722-1758) ADM 6/17/53
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 4.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
13.6.1746 - 15.1.1747/48CaptainAbel Smith (1714-1756) ADM 6/17/116BWAS-1603

24 Commissioned Officers

15.3.1721/22 - 31.12.1722First LieutenantJohn Stanley (d.1740) ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1315.3.1721/22 - 17.7.1722Second LieutenantArthur Trevor (d.1744) ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1315.3.1721/22 - 31.12.1722Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Smith (d.1756) ADM 6/13/31ADM 6/1318.7.1722 - 24.1.1725/26Second LieutenantWilliam Griffith (d.1752) ADM 6/13/42ADM 6/1325.1.1725/26 - 15.1.1726/27First LieutenantJames Robinson (d.c.1730) ADM 6/13/97ADM 6/1325.1.1725/26 - 15.1.1726/27Second LieutenantRichard Smith ADM 6/13/97ADM 6/1325.1.1725/26 - 20.12.1726Third LieutenantJohn Wingate (d.1760) ADM 6/13/97ADM 6/1320.12.1726 - 19.6.1727Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRoger Martin (d.1779) ADM 6/13/128ADM 6/1316.1.1726/27 - 3.1.1727/28First LieutenantRichard Smith ADM 6/13/131ADM 6/1316.1.1726/27 - 15.1.1727/28Second LieutenantEdward Norris ADM 6/13/131ADM 6/1319.6.1727 - 16.1.1727/28Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsCharles Colby (c.1701-1771) ADM 6/13/148ADM 6/1316.1.1727/28 - 30.6.1730First LieutenantEdward Norris ADM 6/14/188ADM 6/1316.1.1727/28 - 30.6.1730Second LieutenantCharles Colby (c.1701-1771) ADM 6/14/188ADM 6/1316.1.1727/28 - 30.6.1730Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsEdward Dovey ADM 6/14/188ADM 6/1323.2.1737/38 - 14.4.1738First LieutenantBradwarden Thompson (d.1756) ADM 6/15/96ADM 6/1523.2.1737/38Second LieutenantJames Macky (d.1743/44) ADM 6/15/96ADM 6/1524.2.1737/38 - 23.4.1738First LieutenantJames Macky (d.1743/44) ADM 6/15/186
Commission confirmed 13.6.1739
ADM 6/15
24.4.1738 - 23.6.1739First LieutenantEdward Peyton (d.1748) ADM 6/16/109ADM 6/154.3.1739/40 - 11.3.1741/42Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPenhallow Cuming (c.1715-?) ADM 6/16/256ADM 6/1512.3.1741/42 - 18.9.1744Second LieutenantPenhallow Cuming (c.1715-?) ADM 6/16/27ADM 6/1627.3.1742 - 3.10.1745Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Thompson ADM 6/16/27ADM 6/1618.9.1744 - 15.1.1747/48Second LieutenantJohn Bruce ADM 6/17/327
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 3.3.1747/48
ADM 6/17
3.10.1745 - 8.6.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Atkins (d.1769) ADM 6/17/67ADM 6/179.6.1746 - 15.1.1747/48Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Skyes (d.1752) ADM 6/17/114ADM 6/17

3 Petty Officers

11.7.1728 - 11.11.1730Midshipman OrdinaryGeorge Charles Durell (c.1714-1754) ADM 107/3/307ADM107/323.1.1741/42 - 11.3.1742/43MidshipmanThomas Burnett (1724-1783)ref:89825.3.1743 - 20.8.1744MidshipmanThomas Burnett (1724-1783)ref:898

2 Crewmen

3.1720/21 - 12.1721VolunteerJames Cornewall (1698-1743/44)ODNB20.2.1737/38 - 9.7.1739Able SeamanFrancis Davis (c.1720-1770) ADM 107/3/455ADM107/3

Service History

1721Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £7347.0.4dBWAS-1603
1722Commissioned for home watersBWAS-1603
31.12.1722Paid offADM 51
1726In the BalticBWAS-1603
1727In the BalticBWAS-1603

The captain, Thomas Whitney, and the 1st and 2nd lieutenants had their commissions re-confirmed.

ADM 6/13
1728Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1603
6.1730Began middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1603
30.6.1730Paid offADM 51
12.1730Completed middling repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £2655.4.7dBWAS-1603
5.1734Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1603
7.1734Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1000.19.8dBWAS-1603
1738Commissioned for NewfoundlandBWAS-1603
7.1739Commissioned for home watersBWAS-1603
4.1740refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1603
5.1740Off AfricaBWAS-1603
1741Off AfricaBWAS-1603
1742Sailed with a convoy to TurkeyBWAS-1603
3.1742/43Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1603
6.1743Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £6089.11.4dBWAS-1603
2.1746Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1603
4.1746Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £3979.14.1dBWAS-1603

Paid off at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford

ADM 51
29.3.1749Ordered to be fitted as a breakwater by the Navy BoardBWAS-1603
28.5.1749Sailed form Woolwich to SheernessBWAS-1603
9.1749Sunk as a breakwater at SheernessBWAS-1603
15.9.1761Navy board order her raised and broken upBWAS-1603
5.1762Raised and broken upBWAS-1603


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ref:898The Mid-eighteenth century navy from the perspective of captain Thomas Burnett and his peersAnne Byrne McLeodThesis
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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