British Second Rate ship of the line 'Namur' (1729)
    

Namur

90
Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered27.9.1720BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down8.1723BWAS-1714
Launched13.9.1729BWAS-1714
First Commissioned19.5.1731
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Razeed3.1744/45BWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Namur' (1746) (74)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck164' 0"Imperial Feet49.9872 
Length of Keel132' 5"Imperial Feet40.2376 
Breadth47' 2"Imperial Feet14.3329 
Depth in Hold18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,566 8994Tons BM 

Armament


5.1731Broadside 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
5.1731750EstablishmentBWAS-1714

11 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
19.5.1731 - 2.1.1731/32CaptainEdward Falkingham (d.1757) ADM 6/14/76BWAS-17142.1.1731/32 - 18.4.1732CaptainEdward Falkingham (d.1757) ADM 6/14/98ADM 6/1418.4.1732 - 14.4.1734CaptainThe Hon. George Clinton (1686-1761) ADM 6/14/105BWAS-171415.4.1734 - 4.1736CaptainJohn Barnsley (d.1753) ADM 6/14/182BWAS-171412.6.1739 - 8.1739First CaptainThomas Whitney (d.1741) ADM 6/15/183BWAS-171412.6.1739 - 13.4.1740Second CaptainSamuel Faulknor (d.1744) ADM 6/15/184BWAS-171411.3.1741/42 - 21.9.1742CaptainSamuel Cornish (1715-1770)BWAS-171421.9.1742 - 11.2.1743/44CaptainJohn Russell (d.1743/44)† ADM 6/16/424
Commission confirmed 15.1.1743/44
BWAS-1714
6.3.1743/44 - 15.8.1744CaptainWilliam Dilke (d.1756) ADM 6/16/417
Commission confirmed 8.1.1744/45
BWAS-1714
16.8.1744 - 1745CaptainGeorge Berkeley (d.1746/47) ADM 6/16/441ADM 6/1614.9.1745 - 7.9.1747CaptainFrancis Geary (1709-1796) ADM 6/16/544ADM 6/16

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.7.1731 - 1731Admiral of the BlueSir Charles Wager (1666-1743)BWAS-17141734 - 4.1736Rear-AdmiralNicholas Haddock (1686-1746)BWAS-171412.6.1739 - 13.4.1740Admiral of the FleetSir John Norris (1670-1749)BWAS-17143.1741/42 - 8.1744Vice-AdmiralThomas Mathews (1676-1750)BWAS-1714

52 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
19.5.1731 - 1.1.1731/32Second LieutenantSir Roger Butler (d.1741) ADM 6/14/76ADM 6/1419.5.1731 - 1.1.1731/32Third LieutenantHenry Cornwall ADM 6/14/76ADM 6/1425.5.1731 - 1.1.1731/32Fourth LieutenantJames Compton (d.1746) ADM 6/14/80ADM 6/142.1.1731/32 - 27.6.1732Second LieutenantSir Roger Butler (d.1741) ADM 6/14/98ADM 6/1414.6.1732 - 27.6.1732Third LieutenantJames Compton (d.1746) ADM 6/14/111ADM 6/1428.6.1732 - 21.8.1732First LieutenantSir Roger Butler (d.1741) ADM 6/14/116ADM 6/1428.6.1732 - 21.8.1732Second LieutenantJames Compton (d.1746) ADM 6/14/116ADM 6/1428.6.1732 - 21.8.1732Third LieutenantGeorge Pocock (1705/6-1792) ADM 6/14/116ADM 6/1428.6.1732 - 20.5.1733Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Hay ADM 6/14/116ADM 6/1422.8.1732 - 8.5.1733First LieutenantJames Compton (d.1746) ADM 6/14/119ADM 6/149.5.1733 - 22.2.1733/34First LieutenantGeorge Pocock (1705/6-1792) ADM 6/14/44ADM 6/149.5.1733 - 22.2.1733/34Second LieutenantThomas Fox (d.1763) ADM 6/14/144ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 4.1736First LieutenantJames Scott ADM 6/15/168ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 4.1736Third LieutenantJoseph Cooper (d.1747) ADM 6/15/168ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 4.1736Fourth LieutenantFyfield Coe (d.1763) ADM 6/15/168ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 4.1736Fifth LieutenantWilliam Campbell (d.1755) ADM 6/15/168ADM 6/1423.2.1733/34 - 26.2.1733/34Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsSebastian Bishop (d.1746) ADM 6/14/168ADM 6/142.3.1733/34 - 4.1736Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsSheldrake Laton (d.1776) ADM 6/15/171ADM 6/1412.6.1739 - 3.7.1739Third LieutenantLord George Graham (1715-1746/47) ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/1512.6.1739 - 3.7.1739Fourth LieutenantEdward Guy (d.1741) ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/1512.6.1739 - 3.7.1739Fifth LieutenantJohn Strutt ADM 6/15/184ADM 6/154.7.1739 - 29.2.1739/40First LieutenantEdward Guy (d.1741) ADM 6/15/194ADM 6/154.7.1739 - 29.2.1739/40Second LieutenantJohn Strutt ADM 6/15/194ADM 6/154.7.1739 - 2.3.1738/39Fifth LieutenantThomas Lake (d.1750) ADM 6/15/194ADM 6/153.3.1739/40 - 13.4.1740Second LieutenantAlexander Michell (d.1763) ADM 6/15/253ADM 6/153.3.1739/40 - 13.4.1740Third LieutenantThomas Lake (d.1750) ADM 6/15/253ADM 6/153.3.1739/40 - 13.4.1740Fifth LieutenantMerrick de l'Angle (d.1753) ADM 6/15/253ADM 6/1512.3.1741/42 - 21.3.1741/42Second LieutenantJohn Stringer (d.c.1747) ADM 6/16/26ADM 6/1512.3.1741/42 - 21.3.1741/42Third LieutenantMerrick de l'Angle (d.1753) ADM 6/16/26ADM 6/1512.3.1741/42 - 21.3.1741/42Fourth LieutenantJames Macky (d.1743/44) ADM 6/16/26ADM 6/1512.3.1741/42 - 21.3.1741/42Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsGeorge Durell (c.1714-1754) ADM 6/16/26ADM 6/1522.3.1741/42 - 12.5.1742First LieutenantJohn Stringer (d.c.1747) ADM 6/16/32ADM 6/1622.3.1741/42 - 26.5.1742Second LieutenantMerrick de l'Angle (d.1753) ADM 6/16/32ADM 6/1622.3.1741/42 - 23.7.1742Third LieutenantJames Macky (d.1743/44) ADM 6/16/32ADM 6/1622.3.1741/42 - 3.10.1742Fifth LieutenantGeorge Durell (c.1714-1754) ADM 6/16/22ADM 6/162.6.1743 - 3.6.1743Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/16/292
Commission confirmed 13.4.1744
ADM 6/16
4.6.1743 - 24.6.1743Fifth LieutenantJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/16/282
Commission confirmed 13.4.1744
ADM 6/16
25.6.1743 - 31.7.1743Fourth LieutenantJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/16/292
Commission confirmed 13.4.1744
ADM 6/16
14.8.1743 - 13.1.1743/44Second LieutenantJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/16/292
Commission confirmed 13.4.1744
ADM 6/16
13.1.1743/44 - 5.3.1743/44Fifth LieutenantRichard Jasper (d.1761) ADM 6/17/64
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 15.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
6.3.1743/44 - 31.7.1744Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsHenry Cosby (c.1719-1753) ADM 6/16/437ADM 6/1616.7.1744 - 31.7.1744Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Armstrong (d.bef.1753) ADM 6/16/421ADM 6/171.8.1744 - 18.8.1744Fourth LieutenantHenry Cosby (c.1719-1753) ADM 6/16/437ADM 6/161.8.1744 - 18.8.1744Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Cust (d.1748) ADM 6/16/426ADM 6/164.8.1744 - 17.8.1744Fifth LieutenantJohn Armstrong (d.bef.1753) ADM 6/16/421
Commission confirmed 11.1.1744/45
ADM 6/16
18.8.1744 - 19.8.1744Fourth LieutenantJohn Armstrong (d.bef.1753) ADM 6/16/421ADM 6/1619.8.1744Third LieutenantHenry Cosby (c.1719-1753) ADM 6/16/437ADM 6/1619.8.1744Fifth LieutenantWilliam Cust (d.1748) ADM 6/16/426ADM 6/1620.8.1744 - 29.12.1744Second LieutenantHenry Cosby (c.1719-1753) ADM 6/16/437ADM 6/1620.8.1744 - 19.10.1747Third LieutenantJohn Armstrong (d.bef.1753) ADM 6/16/421
Commission confirmed 11.1.1744/45
ADM 6/16
20.8.1744 - 11.8.1745Fourth LieutenantWilliam Cust (d.1748) ADM 6/16/426ADM 6/1620.8.1744 - 18.6.1745Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPhilip Toms ADM 6/16/435ADM 6/16

3 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1733 - 26.7.1733MasterRichard Jenkins ADM 6/14/150ADM 6/141742 - 24.8.1742CarpenterJohn Varlo (d.1756) ADM 6/16/90ADM 6/161744 - 19.1.1743/44MasterWilliam Cumby (d.bef.1746) ADM 6/16/261ADM 6/16

4 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
23.6.1731 - 26.2.1731/32MidshipmanJeremiah Skinner ADM 107/3/209ADM107/324.11.1734 - 8.12.1734MidshipmanRichard Lee (c.1712-1744) ADM 107/3/320ADM107/311.3.1742/43 - 25.3.1743SupernumeraryThomas Burnett (1724-1783)ref:8981747 - 12.4.1749MidshipmanJames Alms (1728-1791)ODNB

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
17.4.1732 - 3.7.1732Able SeamanEdward Legge (d.1747) ADM 107/3/211ADM107/32.5.1734 - 28.4.1736Ordinary SeamanFrancis Davis (c.1720-1770) ADM 107/3/455ADM107/31740Able SeamanJames Alms (1728-1791)ODNB

Service History


DateEventSource
25.9.1729Completed for ordinary, first cost was £29,103.5.3d including fitting.BWAS-1714
1.1731Reduced to guardshipBWAS-1714
5.1731Commissioned as flagship at ChathamBWAS-1714
1.1.1731/32Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 106
1733Underwent repairs for 'damage received by lightning'BWAS-1714
1735With Norris' fleet in the TagusBWAS-1714
4.1736Paid offBWAS-1714
12.6.1739

Fitted as a flagship at Chatham at a cost of £3,226.14.3d

BWAS-1714
7.1739Recommissioned for home watersBWAS-1714
1742Fitted as a flagshipBWAS-1714
3.1741/42RecommissionedBWAS-1714
16.4.1742Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
9.5.1742Arrived at GibraltarBWAS-1714
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
10.1744Sailed for home and paid offBWAS-1714
12.2.1744/45Order to be cut down to a 2-deck 74-gun third rateBWAS-1714


Notes on Ship



Lost 8 killed and 12 wounded at the [Battle of Cape Sicie|Battle of Toulon], Captain [John Russell] died of his wounds.

Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/14 ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 6/16 ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/15 ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ADM 6/17 ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM107/3 ADM 107/3 1712-1745 Lieutenants' passing certificates.  Archive
ref:898 The Mid-eighteenth century navy from the perspective of captain Thomas Burnett and his peersAnne Byrne McLeodThesis
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 106 ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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