Ossory -> 1716 Princess -> 1728 Princess Royal

Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned22.11.1742
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
ConstructorJoseph Allin (d.1716)BWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up11.1763BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck162' 7 ½"Imperial Feet49.3903 
Length of Keel132' 6"Imperial Feet40.2384 
Breadth47' 4 ¾"Imperial Feet14.3447 
Depth in Hold18' 7 ½"Imperial Feet5.4991 
Burthen1,570 2494Tons BM 


11.1742Broadside Weight = 803 Imperial Pound ( 364.1605 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

6 Commanding Officers

22.11.1742 - 15.1.1743/44CaptainChristopher O'Brien (d.1743/44) ADM 6/16/118BWAS-171416.1.1743/44 - 22.5.1744CaptainThe Hon. Fitzroy Henry Lee (d.1751) ADM 6/16/260ADM 6/166.6.1744 - 17.2.1746/47CaptainJohn St Loe (d.1757) ADM 6/16/317BWAS-171417.10.1755 - 15.6.1756CaptainRichard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/18/202BWAS-171415.6.1756 - 18.10.1758CaptainEdward Barber (d.1762) ADM 6/18/279BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 15.1.1763CaptainJohn Falkingham (d.1777) ADM 6/18/548BWAS-1714

21 Commissioned Officers

23.11.1742 - 9.10.1743First LieutenantPatrick O'Hara (c.1710-1774) ADM 6/16/118ADM 6/1623.11.1742 - 12.1.1743/44Second LieutenantRobert Watkins (d.1746) ADM 6/16/118ADM 6/1623.11.1742 - 11.2.1742/43Third LieutenantAlexander Bruce (d.1748) ADM 6/16/118ADM 6/1623.11.1742 - 11.2.1742/43Fifth LieutenantHenry Prettie (1708-1768) ADM 6/16/118ADM 6/168.2.1742/43 - 12.1.1743/44Third LieutenantPhilip Manning Columbine (d.1746) ADM 6/16/149ADM 6/164.4.1743 - 12.1.1743/44Fifth LieutenantEdward Keller (d.1750) ADM 6/16/165ADM 6/1624.8.1743 - 12.1.1743/44Fourth LieutenantJohn Rankin ADM 6/16/212ADM 6/1613.1.1743/44 - 2.2.1743/44First LieutenantRobert Watkins (d.1746) ADM 6/16/258ADM 6/1613.1.1743/44 - 17.2.1746/47Second LieutenantJohn Rankin ADM 6/16/258ADM 6/1613.1.1743/44 - 6.11.1744Third LieutenantJohn Daniel (d.1746) ADM 6/16/258ADM 6/1613.1.1743/44 - 23.1.1743/44Fourth LieutenantEdward Keller (d.1750) ADM 6/16/258ADM 6/1612.6.1744 - 17.2.1746/47First LieutenantThomas Ruffin (d.1754) ADM 6/16/320ADM 6/164.8.1744 - 18.12.1744Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Young ADM 6/16/350ADM 6/167.11.1744 - 17.2.1745/46Fourth LieutenantRobert Cuningham (d.1747) ADM 6/16/381ADM 6/1612.1.1744/45 - 21.2.1745/46Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsSamuel Tilley (c.1718-?) ADM 6/16/422ADM 6/164.1.1745/46 - 17.2.1745/46Fourth LieutenantWilliam Woodburn ADM 6/17/82
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
ADM 6/17
18.2.1745/46 - 6.5.1746Third LieutenantRobert Cuningham (d.1747) ADM 6/17/65ADM 6/1718.2.1745/46 - 19.5.1746Fourth LieutenantCharles Gugelman (c.1704-1760) ADM 6/17/65ADM 6/1722.2.1745/46 - 17.2.1746/47Fifth LieutenantSamuel Tilley (c.1718-?) ADM 6/17/67ADM 6/1722.2.1745/46 - 17.2.1746/47Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJames Smith ADM 6/17/67ADM 6/1720.5.1746 - 17.2.1746/47Fourth LieutenantFrederick Booth (d.1751) ADM 6/17/107ADM 6/18

2 Warrant Officers

1727 - 6.9.1727CarpenterJohn Cook (d.bef.1730/31) ADM 6/13/159ADM 6/131744 - 19.7.1744PurserLancelot Burton (d.bef.1750) ADM 6/16/345ADM 6/16

Service History

2.1.1715/16Renamed PrincessBWAS-1714
12.1721Started a great repair at ChathamBWAS-1714
3.1724/25Completed Great Repair at a cost of £20,333.16.8dBWAS-1714
26.7.1728Renamed Princess RoyalBWAS-1714
6.1735Started a small repair at ChathamBWAS-1714
10.1735Completed small repair at a cost of £3,207.17.4dBWAS-1714

Commissioned for Home Waters

1745Lisbon ConvoyBWAS-1714
10.1755Commissioned as guard ship for the NoreBWAS-1714
14.10.1763Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
11.1763Break up completed at ChathamBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
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
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/13ADM 6/13 Commission and Warrent Book 1721 Feb.-1728 3 Oct. Archive

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