Ludlow Castle

Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.6.1743BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship Class1741 Establishment 44-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorJames TaylorBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
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

13 Commanding Officers

4.8.1744 - 2.12.1745CaptainGeorge Brydges Rodney (1719-1792) ADM 6/16/350BWAS-17144.9.1744 - 8.3.1744/45CommanderRichard Tiddeman (d.1762) ADM 6/17/16
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 2.11.1745
ADM 6/17
11.3.1744/45 - 24.12.1746CommanderGeorge Tindall (d.1777) ADM 6/17/150
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 6.9.1746
ADM 6/17
3.12.1745 - 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), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
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 (c.1708-1779) ADM 6/18/286BWAS-171412.5.1759 - 16.1.1760CaptainRichard King (1730-1806) ADM 6/19/183
Issued by John Moore (1717/18-1779), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
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 - 18.7.1764CaptainNathaniel Bateman (c.1723-1797) ADM 6/19/463BWAS-171410.1.1771 - 6.1771CaptainAnthony Hunt (c.1734-1796) ADM 6/20/333ADM 6/20

3 Commissioned Officers

2.10.1744 - 19.5.1745First LieutenantRichard Bligh (1713-1748) ADM 6/16/367ADM 6/1615.4.1745 - 28.2.1745/46Third Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Robson ADM 6/16/507
Commission confirmed 11.7.1745
ADM 6/16
18.2.1745/46 - 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) ADM 107/3/53ODNB

Service History

31.7.1744building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £7508.5.0dBWAS-1714
9.10.1744Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford 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 - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1753Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth 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
16.1.1760Paid offADM 51
8.1760Surveyed as needing a middling repairBWAS-1714
4.1762Began cut down at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
3.5.1762Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Ship
11.1762Completed cut down at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10021.11.0dBWAS-1714
1763Sailed to Africa and the West IndiesBWAS-1714

Paid off

10.1764Surveyed but not repairedBWAS-1714

The Portsmouth Officers report that having docked the Ludlow Castle to fit her for service, they find much of her eaten by worm and the frame is rotten, so she will require a large repair and suggest she should be taken to pieces where she now lies

Portsmouth Dockyard
15.6.1771Break up completed at PortsmouthBWAS-1714


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