Ludlow Castle

Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.6.1743BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 44-Gunner
ConstructorJames TaylorBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up15.6.1771BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 10 ⅝"Imperial Feet38.4207 
Length of Keel103' 8"Imperial Feet31.4621 
Breadth36' 3"Imperial Feet10.9855 
Depth in Hold15' 5 ½"Imperial Feet4.5847 
Burthen724 5694Tons BM 


31.7.1744Broadside Weight = 282 Imperial Pound ( 127.887 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder

11.1762Broadside Weight = 192 Imperial Pound ( 87.072 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1741250Design Complement
11.1762180 BWAS-1714

11 Commanding Officers

4.8.1744 - 2.12.1745CaptainGeorge Brydges Rodney (1719-1792) ADM 6/16/350BWAS-17143.12.1745 - 7.10.1746CaptainWilliam Bulley (d.1746)† ADM 6/17/29BWAS-171414.4.1747 - 18.2.1748/49CaptainHugh Pigot (1722-1792) ADM 6/17/455
Issued by Edward Legge (d.1747)
Commission confirmed 14.4.1749
23.9.1755 - 4.6.1756CaptainThomas Saumarez (1720-1766) ADM 6/18/195ADM 6/1825.6.1756 - 12.5.1759CaptainEdward Clarke (d.1779) ADM 6/18/286BWAS-171412.5.1759 - 11.1.1760CaptainRichard King (1730-1806) ADM 6/19/183
Issued by John Moore (1717/18-1779)
Commission confirmed 22.7.1760
12.4.1762 - 24.5.1762CaptainLord Francis Reynolds (1739-1808) ADM 6/19/400ADM 6/1924.5.1762 - 13.1.1763CaptainThomas Hallum (1721-c.1804) ADM 6/19/412BWAS-171413.1.1763 - 8.2.1763CaptainCharles Antrobus (1725-1769) ADM 6/19/460ADM 6/198.2.1763 - 7.1764CaptainNathaniel Bateman (c.1723-?) ADM 6/19/463BWAS-171410.1.1771 - 1771CaptainAnthony Hunt (d.1796) ADM 6/20/333ADM 6/20

2 Commissioned Officers

2.10.1744 - 19.5.1745First LieutenantRichard Bligh (1713-1748) ADM 6/16/367ADM 6/1618.2.1745/46 - 19.5.1747Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWalter Stirling (1718-1786) ADM 6/17/65ADM 6/17

1 Petty Officer

1744 - 23.1.1745/46MidshipmanSamuel Hood (1724-1816)ODNB

Service History

31.7.1744building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £7508.5.0dBWAS-1714
9.10.1744Completed at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £5033.4.8dBWAS-1714
5.1745Sailed with a Portguese convoyBWAS-1714
1746West coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
1747In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
18.2.1748/49Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 6/18
6.1751Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1753Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £6567.8.11dBWAS-1714
17.5.1757Sailed for VirginiaBWAS-1714
2.10.1758Sailed with troops for VirginiaBWAS-1714
1.1759At MartiniqueBWAS-1714
16.1.1759Attack on Martinique
20.1.1759Capture of Guadeloupe
2.1759At GuadeloupeBWAS-1714
8.1760Surveyed as needing a middling repairBWAS-1714
4.1762Began cut down at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.5.1762Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Ship
11.1762Completed cut down at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £10021.11.0dBWAS-1714
1763Sailed to Africa and the West IndiesBWAS-1714
7.1764Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1764Surveyed but not repairedBWAS-1714
15.6.1771Break up completed at PortsmouthBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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