Nominal Guns70BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Elizabeth' (1719) (70)
Keel Laid Down15.3.1734/35BWAS-1714
First Commissioned16.5.1738
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship Class1706 Establishment 70-Gunner
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Ward (d.1752)BWAS-1714
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up10.5.1766BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck151' 0"Imperial Feet46.0248 
Length of Keel121' 8"Imperial Feet36.8905 
Breadth43' 5"Imperial Feet13.1487 
Depth in Hold17' 9"Imperial Feet5.2143 
Burthen1,223 2394Tons BM 


29.11.1737Broadside Weight = 522 Imperial Pound ( 236.727 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 6-Pounder

1756Broadside Weight = 504 Imperial Pound ( 228.564 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1733480Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

16.5.1738 - 9.10.1740CaptainEdward Falkingham (c.1679-1757) ADM 6/15/117BWAS-17149.10.1740 - 23.8.1741CaptainThomas Durell (d.1741)† ADM 6/15/349BWAS-171425.8.1741 - 5.7.1745CaptainJoseph Lingen (d.1752) ADM 6/15/445BWAS-17143.8.1745 - 19.11.1745CaptainRichard Watkins (d.1770) ADM 6/17/6
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 30.9.1745
20.3.1745/46 - 29.1.1747/48CaptainJames Rentone (1702-1747/48) ADM 6/17/75BWAS-171429.1.1747/48 - 23.6.1748CaptainPolycarpus Taylor (d.1780) ADM 6/17/514
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 23.3.1749/50
23.6.1748 - 11.4.1749CaptainJames Kirk (c.1721-1787) ADM 6/17/461
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 12.5.1749
4.2.1755 - 17.1.1757CaptainJohn Montagu (1719-1795) ADM 6/18/128BWAS-171417.1.1757 - 20.2.1759CaptainRichard Kempenfelt (1715-1782) ADM 6/18/345BWAS-171420.2.1759 - 6.6.1761CaptainRichard Tiddeman (d.1762) ADM 6/19/467
Issued by George Pocock (1705/6-1792), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 1.3.1763
6.6.1761 - 30.7.1764CaptainIsaac Florimond Ourry (1721-1773) ADM 6/20/47
Issued by Samuel Cornish (1715-1770), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 25.8.1764
ADM 6/20

3 Flag Officers

17.1.1757 - 6.7.1758CommodoreCharles Steevens (1705-1761)BWAS-17146.7.1758 - 20.2.1759Rear-Admiral of the BlueCharles Steevens (1705-1761)BWAS-17141761 - 7.10.1762CommodoreRichard Tiddeman (d.1762)BWAS-1714

21 Commissioned Officers

16.5.1738 - 12.10.1740First LieutenantWilliam Parkinson (d.1747) ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/1516.5.1738 - 8.3.1738/39Third LieutenantJames Janeway (d.1740) ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/1516.5.1738 - 1.6.1738Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Williams ADM 6/15/118ADM 6/152.6.1738 - 6.6.1739Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Hyde (d.1753) ADM 6/15/122ADM 6/157.6.1739 - 1.10.1739Third LieutenantEdward Falkingham (d.1783) ADM 6/15/180ADM 6/157.6.1739 - 1.10.1739Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Hyde (d.1753) ADM 6/15/180ADM 6/152.10.1739 - 2.10.1740Third LieutenantJohn Hyde (d.1753) ADM 6/15/226ADM 6/152.10.1739 - 2.10.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Jenkins (d.1743) ADM 6/15/226ADM 6/153.10.1740 - 12.10.1740Second LieutenantJohn Hyde (d.1753) ADM 6/15/347ADM 6/153.10.1740 - 12.10.1740Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Jenkins (d.1743) ADM 6/15/347ADM 6/153.10.1740 - 12.10.1740Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Farish ADM 6/15/347ADM 6/1513.10.1740 - 29.1.1740/41First LieutenantAlexander Stewart (d.1742) ADM 6/15/350ADM 6/152.2.1740/41 - 28.5.1741First LieutenantJames Newnam (d.c.1753) ADM 6/15/376ADM 6/1514.4.1741 - 26.8.1741Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Lacey (d.1748) ADM 6/15/410ADM 6/158.3.1744/45 - 19.11.1745Third LieutenantHenry Christian ADM 6/17/70
Commission confirmed 3.3.1745/46
ADM 6/17
20.3.1745/46 - 18.4.1747Third LieutenantJohn Bridges (d.1754) ADM 6/17/75ADM 6/1718.4.1747 - 11.4.1749Second LieutenantJohn Bridges (d.1754) ADM 6/17/219ADM 6/1718.4.1747 - 11.4.1749Third LieutenantArchibald Seaton ADM 6/17/219ADM 6/1723.4.1747 - 1747First LieutenantAmbrose Cramer (d.1747)† ADM 6/17/220ADM 6/1724.4.1747 - 1.11.1747Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Smith (c.1723-c.1757) ADM 6/17/444
Issued by Edward Legge (d.1747)
Commission confirmed 17.2.1748/49
ADM 6/17
1.11.1747 - 31.1.1747/48Fourth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsBenjamin Jenkins ADM 6/17/458
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 21.4.1749
ADM 6/17

1 Petty Officer

19.11.1748 - 18.5.1749MidshipmanWilliam Locker (1731-1800) ADM 107/4/345ODNB

1 Crewman

1748 - 9.4.1748VolunteerWilliam Cust (d.1748)TNC

Service History

1738Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1738Completed at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £16164.16.3dBWAS-1714
6.1738Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1345.12.8dBWAS-1714
11.1738Guard shipBWAS-1714
23.7.1739Sailed with Vernon's squadronBWAS-1714
8.1739Off FinisterreBWAS-1714
1740In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
10.1745Sailed home to pay offBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
2.1746Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
5.1746Joined the Western squadronBWAS-1714
6.1746Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £9701.3.7dBWAS-1714
9.1746Off FinisterreBWAS-1714
7.1747Sailed with a convoy for JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.3.1747/48Present in the attack on Port LouisBWAS-1714
8.4.1748Present in the attack on SantiagoBWAS-1714
9.4.1748Battle of Santiago de Cuba

Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth

ADM 106
8.1751Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1753Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £17230.19.8dBWAS-1714
1756Refitted as a 64 gun Third Rate
10.3.1757Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
29.4.1758Battle of Cuddalore
3.8.1758Battle of Negapatam
10.9.1759Battle of Pondicherry
6.6.1762Manilla operations
9.1762At ManillaBWAS-1714
24.9.1762Battle of Manilla
1764Returned homeBWAS-1714
30.7.1764Paid offADM 51
6.11.1765Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
10.5.1766Break up completed at Portsmouth DY for £511.11.3dBWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1739/07/251741British Fleet in the West indiesEdward Vernon (1684-1757)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document

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