Nominal Guns80B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Dorsetshire' (1694) (80)
Keel Laid Down24.11.1706B028
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1603
ShipyardNortham - Devon BWAS-1603
Ship Class1691 Program - 80 gun 2-DeckersB028
Designed by John TippettsBWAS-1603
Constructor Richard StaceyBWAS-1603
CategoryThird RateB028
Ship TypeShip of the Line B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028
Broken Up5.12.1749B028


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 


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

24.1.1717/18 - 17.4.1718Captain Joseph Winder (c.1661-1737/38) Transfered ADM 6/12/112ADM 6/1218.4.1718 - 6.3.1718/19Second Captain John Furzer (d.1721) ADM 6/12/125BWAS-16037.3.1718/19 - 7.5.1719CaptainSir Francis Hosier (d.1727) ADM 6/12/156ADM 6/1215.1.1719/20 - 21.11.1721Second Captain Richard Thomas Girlington (d.1743) ADM 6/12/189BWAS-160322.2.1733/34 - 13.5.1734Captain St John Charlton (d.1742) ADM 6/14/166ADM 6/1421.5.1734 - 16.2.1735/36Captain John Hemmington (d.1757) ADM 6/15/188BWAS-160329.12.1742 - 27.1.1742/43Captain John Hildesley (d.1771) ADM 6/16/129ADM 6/1628.1.1742/43 - 12.4.1745Captain George Burrish (d.1770) ADM 6/16/140BWAS-160312.4.1745 - 1.9.1746Captain Edmund Toll (1705-1767) ADM 6/16/463BWAS-1603

3 Flag Officers

28.3.1718 - 1719Rear-Admiral of the Blue George Delavall (c.1667-1723) ADM 107/3/19BWAS-16038.5.1719 - 1721Rear-Admiral of the Blue Edward Hopson (1671-1728) ADM 107/3/206BWAS-16032.1745 - 1.9.1746Rear-Admiral of the Red Isaac Townsend (1684-1765)BWAS-1603

34 Commissioned Officers

24.1.1717/18 - 6.3.1718/19First Lieutenant William Miller (d.1749) ADM 6/12/112ADM 6/1224.1.1717/18 - 2.3.1717/18Second Lieutenant Robert Booth (d.1740) ADM 6/12/112ADM 6/1224.1.1717/18 - 6.3.1718/19Third Lieutenant George Sclater (d.1750) ADM 6/12/112ADM 6/123.3.1717/18 - 21.5.1718Second Lieutenant Isaac Townsend (1684-1765)ODNB26.5.1718 - 6.3.1718/19Second Lieutenant John Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/12/135ADM 6/1224.10.1718 - 6.3.1718/19Third Lieutenant Ralph Archbold Transfered ADM 6/12/229
Confirmed 8.1.1720/21
ADM 6/12
7.3.1718/19 - 21.11.1721First Lieutenant John Trevor (d.1741) ADM 6/12/157ADM 6/127.3.1718/19 - 29.6.1719Second Lieutenant Isaac Townsend (1684-1765) ADM 6/12/157ADM 6/127.3.1718/19 - 11.4.1719Third Lieutenant Edward Reddish (d.1736) ADM 6/12/157ADM 6/127.3.1718/19 - 8.2.1719/20Acting Fourth Lieutenant Henry Medley (d.1747) ADM 6/12/157ADM 6/127.3.1718/19 - 21.11.1721Fifth Lieutenant George Sclater (d.1750) ADM 6/12/157ADM 6/1212.4.1719 - 21.11.1721Third Lieutenant Robert Young (d.1754) ADM 6/12/186
Confirmed 30.12.1719
ADM 6/12
4.4.1720 - 21.11.1721Acting Fourth Lieutenant Miles Stapleton (d.1750) ADM 6/12/201ADM 6/1223.2.1733/34 - 16.2.1735/36First Lieutenant Sidney Cole (c.1679-1744) ADM 6/14/168ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 29.9.1735Second Lieutenant Edward Guy (d.1741) ADM 6/14/168ADM 6/1412.3.1733/34 - 23.5.1734Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms George Rosbee (c.1711-c.1742) Transfered ADM 6/14/175ADM 6/1424.5.1734 - 29.9.1735Third Lieutenant William Carter (d.c.1741) ADM 6/14/188ADM 6/1430.9.1735 - 16.2.1735/36Second Lieutenant William Carter (d.c.1741) ADM 6/15/223ADM 6/1430.9.1735 - 16.2.1735/36Third Lieutenant Lachlan Leslie (d.1762) ADM 6/15/223ADM 6/1429.12.1742 - 27.1.1742/43Third Lieutenant Robert Hay (c.1710-1747) Transfered ADM 6/16/129ADM 6/1629.12.1742 - 27.1.1742/43Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms John Bray (d.bef.1752) Transfered ADM 6/16/129ADM 6/1628.1.1742/43 - 11.5.1745Third Lieutenant William Griffiths (c.1709-?) ADM 6/16/141ADM 6/1612.5.1745 - 6.7.1745Third Lieutenant George Gentil (1724-1770) Transfered ADM 6/17/105
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 16.5.1746
ADM 6/17
25.5.1745 - 9.9.1745Second Lieutenant Rowland Pritchett Transfered ADM 6/17/434
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 27.1.1748/49
ADM 6/17
7.7.1745 - 9.9.1745Third Lieutenant Samuel Dundee (c.1701-c.1750) ADM 6/17/488
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 17.8.1749
ADM 6/17
9.9.1745 - 6.12.1745First Lieutenant Thomas Fincher (c.1717-1749) ADM 6/17/186
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 3.1.1746/47
ADM 6/17
9.9.1745 - 6.12.1745Second Lieutenant William Harman (c.1719-1766) ADM 6/17/202
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 19.2.1746/47
ADM 6/17
9.9.1745 - 26.1.1745/46Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms Samuel Dundee (c.1701-c.1750) Transfered ADM 6/17/488
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 17.8.1749
ADM 6/17
6.12.1745 - 25.1.1745/46First Lieutenant William Harman (c.1719-1766) ADM 6/17/202
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 19.2.1746/47
ADM 6/17
25.1.1745/46 - 1.9.1746First Lieutenant Thomas Hanbury (1722-1788) ADM 6/17/173
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 17.11.1746
ADM 6/17
11.4.1746 - 1.9.1746Second Lieutenant John Fortescue (c.1722-1808) ADM 6/17/159
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 3.10.1746
ADM 6/17
11.4.1746 - 27.5.1747Third Lieutenant James Cooper (d.1753) Transfered ADM 6/17/150
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 6.9.1746
ADM 6/17
11.4.1746 - 14.4.1746Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms Griffith Collins (d.1751) Transfered ADM 6/17/172
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), 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 Saunders ADM 6/17/258
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Confirmed 15.8.1747
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

13.4.1719 - 26.2.1720/21Master George Rosbee ADM 52/154/123ADM 52

1 Petty Officer

5.4.1720 - 15.4.1723Midshipman Robert Baynes ADM 107/3/128ADM 107/3

Service History

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

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

Paid off

1741Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1603
1743Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £10213.3.3dBWAS-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
5.9.1749Ordered to be broken up for £545.3.2 1/4dBWAS-1603


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
6.1719-11.1719British Baltic Fleet 1719Sir John Norris (1670-1749) 
13.4.1721-20.10.1721British Baltic Fleet 1721Sir John Norris (1670-1749) 

Notes on Ship

Court Martial


"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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