Nominal Guns50
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down19.10.1736
First Commissioned25.3.1741
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich
Ship Class1733 Establishment 50-Gunner
ConstructorJohn Hayward
CategoryFourth Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sunk in Action7.10.1747


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck134' 0"Imperial Feet40.8432 
Length of Keel108' 2"Imperial Feet32.9248 
Breadth38' 7"Imperial Feet11.6046 
Depth in Hold15' 9"Imperial Feet4.6177 
Burthen856 4894Tons BM 


22.4.1741Broadside 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
1733300Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

25.3.1741 - 15.4.1741CaptainCharles Crauford (d.1745) ADM 6/15/403ADM 6/1516.4.1741 - 3.6.1743CaptainTemple West (1713-1757) ADM 6/15/411BWAS-17143.6.1743 - 8.11.1744CaptainEssex Holcombe (c.1708-1770) ADM 6/17/405
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 11.11.1748
8.11.1744 - 24.12.1744CaptainJohn Bowdler (c.1709-1754) ADM 6/17/278
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 28.10.1747
ADM 6/17
24.12.1744 - 28.12.1745CaptainJohn Crookshanks (1708-1795) ADM 6/17/164
Commission confirmed 18.10.1746
7.1746 - 11.12.1746CaptainJames Hamilton (d.1747)BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers

3.6.1743 - 4.11.1743Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Russell (d.c.1753) ADM 6/17/57
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 6.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
15.3.1743/44 - 11.12.1746Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Jones (d.1780) ADM 6/17/227
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 20.5.1747
ADM 6/17
29.4.1744 - 11.12.1746Second LieutenantJohn Russell (d.c.1753) ADM 6/17/57
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 6.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
2.11.1746 - 11.12.1746First LieutenantEdward Ham (d.1748) ADM 6/17/227
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 19.5.1747
ADM 6/17

Service History

25.6.1741Completed at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £18835.19.10dBWAS-1714
7.10.1747Dartmouth vs Glorioso


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Posted by Albert Parker on Tuesday 26th of November 2019 07:00

"Sunk in action" is an understatement--she blew up, with the loss of all but a lieutenant and a few hands. The surviving lieutenant was approached by the gunner, asking the whereabouts of the captain. When the lieutenant asked what was the matter, the gunner said, "Oh, Sir, the magazine ... **KABOOM!!** Probably, an accident in the light room, where lanterns were lit on the opposite side of a glass window from the filling room (where cartridges were filled from with loose powder), started a fire that the seaman detailed to tend the lanterns could not extinguish, and the gunner (whose normal station was in the filling room) was seeking the captain to inform him of that; but the flames reached the powder before he got that far.

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