Nominal Guns40BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1721BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.5.1723BWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 40-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Imperial Feet37.7952 
Length of Keel101' 8"Imperial Feet30.988 
Breadth33' 2"Imperial Feet10.0753 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen594 5594Tons BM 


13.3.1722/23Broadside Weight = 180 Imperial Pound ( 81.63 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719190Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

8.5.1723 - 3.1.1724/25CaptainJames Windham (d.1724/25)† ADM 6/13/56BWAS-160322.3.1724/25 - 21.6.1726CaptainSir Yelverton Peyton (5th Baronet Peyton, of Isleham) (d.1748) ADM 6/13/202
Commission confirmed 23.4.1728
29.6.1726 - 6.12.1726CaptainCharles Cotterel (d.1754) ADM 6/14/17
Commission confirmed 25.2.1728/29
2.6.1727 - 10.6.1728CaptainHenry Annesley (bef.1700-1728)ADM 5120.6.1728 - 6.5.1730CaptainMiles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/14/2
Commission confirmed 8.10.1728
ADM 6/14
5.5.1730 - 19.5.1731CaptainHenry Medley (d.1747) ADM 6/14/49BWAS-160319.5.1731 - 4.9.1731CaptainGeorge Anson (1697-1762) ADM 6/14/76BWAS-160320.11.1733 - 10.8.1736CaptainRichard Herbert (d.1740) ADM 6/14/154BWAS-16034.2.1736/37 - 5.8.1740CaptainCharles Knowles (1704-1777) ADM 6/15/50BWAS-16036.8.1740 - 15.8.1740CaptainPeter Osborn (d.1753) ADM 6/15/319ADM 6/15

17 Commissioned Officers

8.5.1723 - 17.7.1723First LieutenantThe Hon. William Hervey ADM 6/14/56ADM 6/138.5.1723 - 31.7.1726Second LieutenantFrancis Percival ADM 6/13/56ADM 6/138.5.1723 - 23.1.1725/26Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsEdward Norris ADM 6/13/56ADM 6/1318.7.1723 - 7.12.1726First LieutenantStephen Dowse (d.1728) ADM 6/13/59ADM 6/137.9.1726 - 7.12.1726Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Compton (d.1746) ADM 6/13/202
Commission confirmed 16.4.1728
ADM 6/13
25.10.1726 - 21.6.1728Third LieutenantCharles Crauford (d.1745) ADM 6/14/2
Commission confirmed 8.10.1728
ADM 6/14
22.6.1728 - 8.2.1728/29First LieutenantCharles Crauford (d.1745) ADM 6/14/2
Commission confirmed 8.10.1728
ADM 6/14
5.5.1730 - 4.9.1731First LieutenantScroop Lyon (d.1757) ADM 6/14/49ADM 6/145.5.1730 - 4.9.1731Second LieutenantJohn Draper (d.1743) ADM 6/14/49ADM 6/145.5.1730 - 4.9.1731Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsCharles Wyndham (d.1747) ADM 6/14/49ADM 6/1420.11.1733 - 3.2.1736/37First LieutenantGeorge Beech (d.1749) ADM 6/15/154ADM 6/1420.11.1733 - 3.2.1736/37Second LieutenantMathew Fortescue (d.1748) ADM 6/15/154ADM 6/1430.7.1736 - 3.2.1736/37Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Kinkaid (d.1753) ADM 6/15/30ADM 6/1522.7.1738 - 25.5.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPhilip Saumarez (1710-1747) ADM 6/15/213
Commission confirmed 22.8.1739
ADM 6/15
26.5.1739 - 4.12.1739Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/15/321
Commission confirmed 8.8.1740
ADM 6/15
5.12.1739 - 15.8.1740Second LieutenantJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/15/321
Commission confirmed 8.8.1740
ADM 6/15
5.2.1739/40 - 15.8.1740Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRobert Coleman (d.bef.1752) ADM 6/15/321
Commission confirmed 11.8.1740
ADM 6/15

3 Petty Officers

14.3.1722/23 - 23.4.1723MidshipmanGeorge Cunning ADM 107/3/159ADM107/37.1738 - 2.1740MidshipmanEdward Hughes (1720-1794)ODNB22.1.1741/42 - 7.6.1742MidshipmanJames Worth (c.1722-?) ADM 107/3/504ADM107/3

Service History

13.3.1722/23building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6096.19.10dBWAS-1714
3.1724/25At JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

5.1733Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
11.1733Commissioned for the African coast and then to BarbadosBWAS-1714
1.1734Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714

Paid off

3.1736/37fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
9.1739Took two Spanish ships off CubaBWAS-1714
28.10.1739In Port Royal with two prizes "a ship and a brigantine, said to be worth £30,000"TRN3
23.3.1739/40Attack on Chagres
6.1740Sailed home with a convoyBWAS-1714
15.8.1740Paid offADM 51
18.12.1744Sold at Portsmouth for £301BWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
25.7.1739-1741British Fleet in the West indiesEdward Vernon (1684-1757) 


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive
ADM107/3ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 26th of April 2014 22:16

Gentleman's Magazine Vol 10 1740 p. 126
Letter from a gentlemen on board his Majesty's ship Burford, to his brother in this town, dated Port Royal in Jamaica, Nov. 4, 1739.
We arrived at Jamaica the 23d of October, and were greatly overjoyed to see the Diamond man of war standing for the fort, having two Spanish vessels in tow; one of them a Register-Ship for the Havanna with 120,000 pieces of eight, and cloaths for 6000 men to the value of 40,000l. In the whole the other was laden with hides to a good value. The war had begun about two months before we arrived, and the merchants had fitted out several Privateers, and taken some sloops. Before you receive this, I fancy you will have heard that our Admiral had dispatched the Strafford, Louisa, and Norwich in his passage, to a rich town belonging to the Spaniards upon the Caracca coast, well fortified with three forts; they found seventeen sail of ships in the harbour, all which they would have carried off, if, after several hours engagement with the forts and the strongest being silenced, a storm had not arose, which they feared would drive them ashore, or upon sands, so that they were obliged to make out to sea ?...? the whole town and Church in ashes, and have done vast damage to all the forts.

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