Chester

7567
Nominal Guns54BWAS-1603
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered29.12.1707BWAS-1603
Acquired18.10.1708BWAS-1603
First Commissioned20.10.1708
ShipyardChatham Dockyard B028
Ship Class1706 Establishment 54-Gunner
ConstructorBenjamin Rosewell (d.1742)BWAS-1603
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1603
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up20.2.1749/50B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Length of Keel108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Breadth35' 0"Imperial Feet10.668 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen703 6394Tons BM 

Armament


18.10.1708Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1742Broadside Weight = 252 Imperial Pound ( 114.282 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1693280Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.10.1708 - 22.5.1710CaptainThomas Mathews (1676-1750) ADM 6/9/190BWAS-160323.5.1710 - 23.1.1710/11CaptainCharles Browne (c.1678-1753) ADM 6/11/46ADM 6/1126.7.1715 - 10.3.1718/19CaptainNicholas Eaton (d.c.1729) ADM 6/12/47BWAS-160328.7.1738 - 23.6.1739CaptainSir Roger Butler (d.1741) ADM 6/15/134BWAS-160324.6.1739 - 11.10.1740CaptainThomas Cooper (d.1761) ADM 6/15/248
Commission confirmed 13.2.1739/40
BWAS-1603
4.11.1740 - 12.5.1741CaptainGeorge Sclater (d.1750) ADM 6/15/357ADM 6/1513.5.1741 - 8.1742CaptainCharles Long (d.1761) ADM 6/15/417BWAS-160323.11.1744 - 1745LieutenantJames Master (d.1747) ADM 6/16/390ADM 6/161747LieutenantAlexander Blyth (d.c.1753)BWAS-1603

16 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.10.1708 - 17.7.1709First LieutenantJames Knowles ADM 6/9/190ADM 6/920.10.1708 - 6.1.1708/9Second LieutenantChichester Cole ADM 6/9/190ADM 6/931.3.1709 - 12.2.1712/13Second LieutenantRobert Gregory (d.1726) ADM 6/10/50ADM 6/1018.7.1709 - 26.7.1715First LieutenantTimothy Brett (d.1739) ADM 6/10/76ADM 6/1012.2.1712/13 - 26.7.1715Second LieutenantHenry Burges ADM 6/11/244ADM 6/1127.7.1715 - 1715First LieutenantThomas Slade (c.1673-?) ADM 6/12/47ADM 6/1227.7.1715 - 2.7.1716Second LieutenantJeremiah Catlyne ADM 6/12/47ADM 6/123.7.1716 - 1717Second LieutenantChristopher Pocklington (d.1766) ADM 6/12/94ADM 6/1228.7.1738 - 11.6.1739First LieutenantEdward Guy (d.1741) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 3.3.1739/40Second LieutenantGeorge Grant ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1528.7.1738 - 8.3.1738/39Third LieutenantCharles Knowler (d.1789) ADM 6/15/134ADM 6/1530.9.1740 - 1.2.1740/41Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Cosby (c.1719-1753) ADM 6/15/340ADM 6/152.2.1740/41 - 28.5.1741Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Graham (d.1742) ADM 6/15/376ADM 6/1513.4.1741 - 22.1.1741/42First LieutenantStephen Pollington ADM 6/16/410ADM 6/1518.9.1742 - 21.9.1742Acting LieutenantRobert Farmar (c.1715-c.1758) ADM 107/3/482ADM107/31745 - 1746LieutenantJohn Lockhart (1721-1790)ODNB

Service History


DateEventSource
1708

Commissioned for New England

BWAS-1603
24.2.1708/9Took the Fourth Rate Frégate-Vaisseau de 2ème Ordre (Demi-Batterie) La Winchelsea (32)
14.5.1709Took the Fifth Rate Frégate-Vaisseau de 2ème Ordre (Demi-Batterie) La Gloire (38) BWAS-1603
17.6.1709Took the Privateer Bien Aimé
2.10.1710Took the Privateer L'Annapolis Royal
1716

Sailed to The Mediterranean Sea

BWAS-1603
1717

Sailed to the Baltic Sea

BWAS-1603
10.1718Began large repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1603
11.1719Completed large repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6907.10.3dBWAS-1603
12.1731Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1603
2.1732Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £1719.3.10dBWAS-1603
10.1734Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1603
12.1734Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £1439.11.0dBWAS-1603
1738

Recommissioned

BWAS-1603
1739

In The Mediterranean Sea

BWAS-1603
8.1742Returned homeBWAS-1603
12.1742Refitted as a 44 gun Fifth Rate
7.1743Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1603
8.1743Refitted as a Hospital Ship
8.1743Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £3010.14.0dBWAS-1603
21.2.1744/45Took the Unrated Flûte L'Elephant (16)
20.2.1750

Break up completed at Portsmouth

BWAS-1603


Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1603 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
B028 Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
ADM 6/11 ADM 6/11 Commission and Warrent Book 1709 10 Nov.-1714 13 Oct. Archive
ADM 6/15 ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/16 ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/9 ADM 6/9 Commission and Warrent Book 1706 9 July-1708 Oct. Archive
ADM 6/10 ADM 6/10 Commission and Warrent Book 1708 Dec.-1709 2 Nov. Archive
ADM 6/12 ADM 6/12 Commission and Warrent Book 1714 14 Oct.-1721 Jan. Archive
ADM107/3 ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
 

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