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Dorsetshire

7612
Nominal Guns80B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Previously
British Third Rate ship of the line 'Dorsetshire' (1694) (80) 1694-1712
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Ordered29.12.1707BWAS-1603
Keel Laid Down24.11.1706B028
Launched20.9.1712BWAS-1603
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardNortham - Devon BWAS-1603
Ship Class1691 Program - 80 gun 2-DeckersB028
Designed by
John TippettsBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1603
Constructor
Richard StaceyBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1702-1742
BWAS-1603
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up5.12.1749B028

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1603
Length of Gundeck156' 0"Imperial Feet47.5488 
Length of Keel127' 6"Imperial Feet38.7152 
Breadth43' 6"Imperial Feet13.1572 
Depth in Hold17' 8"Imperial Feet5.2106 
Burthen1,283 2894Tons BM 

Armament


20.9.1712Broadside Weight = 552 Imperial Pound ( 250.332 kg)BWAS-1603
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1706520Design Complement

9 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
24.1.1717/18 - 17.4.1718Captain
Joseph WinderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1687-1720
Transfered ADM 6/12/112
ADM 6/12
18.4.1718 - 6.3.1718/19Second Captain
John FurzerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1701-1711
ADM 6/12/125
BWAS-1603
7.3.1718/19 - 7.5.1719Captain
Sir Francis HosierBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1694-1727
ADM 6/12/156
ADM 6/12
15.1.1719/20 - 21.11.1721Second Captain
Richard Thomas GirlingtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1740
ADM 6/12/189
BWAS-1603
22.2.1733/34 - 13.5.1734Captain
St John CharltonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1738
ADM 6/14/166
ADM 6/14
21.5.1734 - 16.2.1735/36Captain
John HemmingtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1747
ADM 6/15/188
BWAS-1603
29.12.1742 - 27.1.1742/43Captain
John HildesleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1747
ADM 6/16/129
ADM 6/16
28.1.1742/43 - 12.4.1745Captain
George BurrishBritish
Naval Sailor
ADM 6/16/140
BWAS-1603
12.4.1745 - 1.9.1746Captain
Edmund TollBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1728-1762
ADM 6/16/463
BWAS-1603

3 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
28.3.1718 - 1719Rear-Admiral of the Blue
George DelavallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1723
ADM 107/3/19
BWAS-1603
8.5.1719 - 1721Rear-Admiral of the Blue
Edward HopsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1682-1730
ADM 107/3/206
BWAS-1603
2.1745 - 1.9.1746Rear-Admiral of the Red
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
BWAS-1603

34 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
24.1.1717/18 - 6.3.1718/19First Lieutenant
William MillerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1703-1729
ADM 6/12/112
ADM 6/12
24.1.1717/18 - 2.3.1717/18Second Lieutenant
Robert BoothBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1700-1740
ADM 6/12/112
ADM 6/12
24.1.1717/18 - 6.3.1718/19Third Lieutenant
George SclaterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1716-1745
ADM 6/12/112
ADM 6/12
3.3.1717/18 - 21.5.1718Second Lieutenant
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
ODNB
26.5.1718 - 6.3.1718/19Second Lieutenant
John TrevorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1728
ADM 6/12/135
ADM 6/12
24.10.1718 - 6.3.1718/19Third Lieutenant
Ralph ArchboldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1731
Transfered ADM 6/12/229
Confirmed 8.1.1720/21
ADM 6/12
7.3.1718/19 - 21.11.1721First Lieutenant
John TrevorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1728
ADM 6/12/157
ADM 6/12
7.3.1718/19 - 29.6.1719Second Lieutenant
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
ADM 6/12/157
ADM 6/12
7.3.1718/19 - 11.4.1719Third Lieutenant
Edward ReddishBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1703-1736
ADM 6/12/157
ADM 6/12
7.3.1718/19 - 8.2.1719/20Acting Fourth Lieutenant
Henry MedleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1747
ADM 6/12/157
ADM 6/12
7.3.1718/19 - 21.11.1721Fifth Lieutenant
George SclaterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1716-1745
ADM 6/12/157
ADM 6/12
12.4.1719 - 21.11.1721Third Lieutenant
Robert YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1709-1745
ADM 6/12/186
Confirmed 30.12.1719
ADM 6/12
4.4.1720 - 21.11.1721Acting Fourth Lieutenant
Miles StapletonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1717-1747
ADM 6/12/201
ADM 6/12
23.2.1733/34 - 16.2.1735/36First Lieutenant
Sidney ColeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697-1736
ADM 6/14/168
ADM 6/14
23.2.1733/34 - 29.9.1735Second Lieutenant
Edward GuyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1742
ADM 6/14/168
ADM 6/14
12.3.1733/34 - 23.5.1734Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
George RosbeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1721-1742
Transfered ADM 6/14/175
ADM 6/14
24.5.1734 - 29.9.1735Third Lieutenant
William CarterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1719-1741
ADM 6/14/188
ADM 6/14
30.9.1735 - 16.2.1735/36Second Lieutenant
William CarterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1719-1741
ADM 6/15/223
ADM 6/14
30.9.1735 - 16.2.1735/36Third Lieutenant
Lachlan LeslieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1761
ADM 6/15/223
ADM 6/14
29.12.1742 - 27.1.1742/43Third Lieutenant
Robert HayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1745
Transfered ADM 6/16/129
ADM 6/16
29.12.1742 - 27.1.1742/43Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
John BrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1701-1748
Transfered ADM 6/16/129
ADM 6/16
28.1.1742/43 - 11.5.1745Third Lieutenant
William GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1727-1752
ADM 6/16/141
ADM 6/16
12.5.1745 - 6.7.1745Third Lieutenant
George GentilBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1759
Transfered ADM 6/17/105
Issued by
William RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1704-1763
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 16.5.1746
ADM 6/17
25.5.1745 - 9.9.1745Second Lieutenant
Rowland PritchettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1748
Transfered ADM 6/17/434
Issued by
William RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1704-1763
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 27.1.1748/49
ADM 6/17
7.7.1745 - 9.9.1745Third Lieutenant
Samuel DundeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1749
ADM 6/17/488
Issued by
William RowleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1704-1763
, The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 17.8.1749
ADM 6/17
9.9.1745 - 6.12.1745First Lieutenant
Thomas FincherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1740
ADM 6/17/186
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 3.1.1746/47
ADM 6/17
9.9.1745 - 6.12.1745Second Lieutenant
William HarmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1763
ADM 6/17/202
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 19.2.1746/47
ADM 6/17
9.9.1745 - 26.1.1745/46Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Samuel DundeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1749
Transfered ADM 6/17/488
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 17.8.1749
ADM 6/17
6.12.1745 - 25.1.1745/46First Lieutenant
William HarmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1763
ADM 6/17/202
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 19.2.1746/47
ADM 6/17
25.1.1745/46 - 1.9.1746First Lieutenant
Thomas HanburyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1754
ADM 6/17/173
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 17.11.1746
ADM 6/17
11.4.1746 - 1.9.1746Second Lieutenant
John FortescueBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1760
ADM 6/17/159
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 3.10.1746
ADM 6/17
11.4.1746 - 27.5.1747Third Lieutenant
James CooperBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1752
Transfered ADM 6/17/150
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 6.9.1746
ADM 6/17
11.4.1746 - 14.4.1746Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Griffith CollinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1746
Transfered ADM 6/17/172
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 11.11.1746
ADM 6/17
14.4.1746 - 1.9.1746Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms
Francis SaundersBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1746
ADM 6/17/258
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1706-1746
, North America
Confirmed 15.8.1747
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
13.4.1719 - 26.2.1720/21Master
George RosbeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1719-1735
ADM 52/154/123
ADM 52

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
5.4.1720 - 15.4.1723Midshipman
Robert BaynesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1723
ADM 107/3/128
ADM 107/3

Service History


DateEventSource
1718Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £15760.13.8dBWAS-1603
11.8.1718Battle of Cape Passaro
1719Fitted as a flagship for the BalticBWAS-1603
1720In the BalticBWAS-1603
1721In the BalticBWAS-1603
21.11.1721

Paid off

ADM 51
1722Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1603
1724Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £15943.10.0dBWAS-1603
1734RecommissionedBWAS-1603
16.2.1735/36

Paid off

BWAS-1603
1741Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1603
1743Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £10213.3.3dBWAS-1603
12.1743RecommissionedBWAS-1603
1744In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
10.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
1745In the MediterraneanBWAS-1603
9.1745Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1603
1746Off Cape BretonBWAS-1603
1.9.1746Paid offADM 51
16.1.1747/48An investigation was ordered into the feasability of being reduced to a 66-gun ship. Presumably she wasn't suitableBWAS-1603
1749SurveyedBWAS-1603
5.9.1749Ordered to be broken up for £545.3.2 1/4dBWAS-1603


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
6.1719-11.1719British Baltic Fleet 1719
Sir John NorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1693
 
13.4.1721-20.10.1721British Baltic Fleet 1721
Sir John NorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1693
 

Notes on Ship


Court Martial

The Admiralty Libraray SUBJECT CATALOGUE of PRINTED BOOKS


"The Trials at large, taken at the Court-Martial, held on Henry Page, Charles Davids, William Griffiths, and Cornelius Smelt, Lieutenants on board the Dorsetshire, commanded by Capt. George Burrish. Also upon Capt. George Burrish, on Board the London, from the 24th of September, to the 9th of October, 1745. Being an enquiry into the Conduct of the said gentlemen in the late Engagement in the Mediterranean on the 11th of February 1743 [Battle of Toulon, the date is OS], under the Command of Admiral Mathews."



 

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Posted by Albert Parker on Tuesday 23rd of July 2019 04:12

1746: Dorsetshire was among the ships that Vice-Admiral Isaac Townsend was supposed to take to Louisbourg for the summer, but she does not appear in detailed accounts of the 1746 campaign there such as W.A.B. Douglas, "“Nova Scotia and the Royal Navy, 1713–1766,” Ph.D. dissertation, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), 1973, pp. 113-33 or H.L. Richmond, "The Navy in the War of 1739-48," vol. III, pp. 20–50. In vol. II, p. 230, Richmond says that Dorsetshire was one of the ships that sailed for Louisbourg from Antigua on Jan. 31, 1746. However, the squadron encountered a storm; 2 ships bore away for England, the rest returned to Antigua. Townsend later arrived at Louisbourg with 3 ships only, not including Dorsetshire. Richmond, ibid., says that the rest of Townsend's ships "returned to England with the trade [i.e., a convoy of merchantmen]." Admiralty records kept in London and used by Winfield might reflect Dorsetshire's *assignment to* or *orders for* Louisbourg with the rest of the Leeward Islands squadron.

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