Neptune

91
Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.8.1724BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down19.1.1724/25BWAS-1714
Launched15.10.1730BWAS-1714
First Commissioned29.1.1740/41
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Razeed21.11.1749BWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Second Rate ship of the line 'Neptune' (1749) (90)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck164' 0"Imperial Feet49.9872 
Length of Keel132' 5"Imperial Feet40.2376 
Breadth47' 3"Imperial Feet14.3365 
Depth in Hold18' 10"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,572 4694Tons BM 

Armament


2.1741Broadside 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

21.11.1749Broadside Weight = 740 Imperial Pound ( 335.59 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck16 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1730750EstablishmentBWAS-1714

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
29.1.1740/41 - 15.11.1741CaptainThomas Whorwood (d.1745/46) ADM 6/15/373BWAS-171416.11.1741 - 15.5.1743CaptainJohn Lovett (d.1758) ADM 6/15/478BWAS-171416.5.1743 - 10.6.1743CaptainJames Young (1717-1789) ADM 6/16/457
Commission confirmed 19.3.1744/45
ADM 6/16
11.6.1743 - 18.3.1743/44CaptainGeorge Stepney (d.1753) ADM 6/16/495
Commission confirmed 18.6.1745
BWAS-1714
19.3.1743/44 - 27.5.1745CaptainMerrick de l'Angle (d.1753) ADM 6/17/6
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 30.9.1745
BWAS-1714
27.5.1745 - 3.8.1745CaptainArthur Gardiner (c.1716-1758) ADM 6/17/196
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 4.2.1746/47
BWAS-1714
3.8.1745 - 25.5.1746CaptainEdward Hawke (1704/5-1781) ADM 6/17/37
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 1.3.1745/46
ODNB

3 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
16.11.1741 - 3.1741/42CommodoreRichard Lestock (1678/79-1748)BWAS-171413.3.1741/42 - 8.1744Rear-Admiral of the WhiteRichard Lestock (1678/79-1748)BWAS-17148.1744 - 10.1745Vice-Admiral of the BlueWilliam Rowley (1690-1768)BWAS-1714

19 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.2.1740/41 - 19.3.1740/41Second LieutenantNathaniel Rogers ADM 6/15/375ADM 6/152.2.1740/41 - 26.3.1741Fifth LieutenantLouis Lasinby (d.1754) ADM 6/15/375ADM 6/1513.3.1740/41 - 1.8.1745First LieutenantFrancis Scott ADM 6/15/398ADM 6/1520.3.1740/41 - 1.8.1745Second LieutenantJohn Cockburne (d.1753) ADM 6/15/401ADM 6/1527.3.1741 - 18.3.1743/44Fourth LieutenantLouis Lasinby (d.1754) ADM 6/15/403ADM 6/1511.12.1741 - 23.9.1742Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Lempriere ADM 6/16/472ADM 6/1624.9.1742 - 18.3.1743/44Fifth LieutenantJohn Lempriere ADM 6/16/472ADM 6/1625.9.1742 - 31.12.1742Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsJohn Jermy (1711-1751) ADM 3/17/357
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 18.5.1748
ADM 6/17
18.1.1743/44 - 19.3.1743/44Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsPeter Parker (1715-1811) ADM 6/17/200
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 14.2.1746/47
ADM 6/17
19.3.1743/44 - 8.11.1744Fifth LieutenantLionel Daniel (d.1752) ADM 6/17/208
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 16.3.1746/47
ADM 6/17
8.11.1744 - 25.11.1744Fourth LieutenantLionel Daniel (d.1752) ADM 6/17/208
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 16.3.1746/47
ADM 6/17
8.11.1744 - 14.1.1744/45Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsRichard Knight (d.1798) ADM 6/17/117
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 18.6.1746
ADM 6/17
14.1.1744/45 - 25.5.1745Fifth LieutenantHugh Forbes (d.1750) ADM 6/17/126
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 11.7.1746
ADM 6/17
24.2.1744/45 - 24.3.1744/45Second LieutenantRichard Knight (d.1798) ADM 6/17/117
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 18.6.1746
ADM 6/17
25.3.1745 - 3.4.1745First LieutenantRichard Knight (d.1798) ADM 6/17/117
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 18.6.1746
ADM 6/17
2.8.1745 - 25.5.1746First LieutenantJohn Williams ADM 6/17/28
Commission confirmed 28.11.1745
ADM 6/17
2.8.1745 - 25.5.1746Second LieutenantJohn Ballett (d.bef.1749) ADM 6/17/16
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 2.11.1745
ADM 6/17
3.8.1745 - 25.5.1746Sixth Lt. & Lt. at ArmsWilliam Long (d.1778) ADM 6/17/26
Commission confirmed 23.11.1745
ADM 6/17
8.2.1745/46 - 25.5.1746Third LieutenantSomerset Master (d.1747) ADM 6/17/59ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
29.10.1730Completed at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £32117.18.11dBWAS-1714
10.1740Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1741Commissioned for the first timeBWAS-1714
4.1741Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6538.6.6dBWAS-1714
11.2.1743/44Battle of Toulon
20.9.1745Brought a convoy into Plymouth.ODNB
1.1746Docked to undergo repair at ChathamBWAS-1714
25.5.1746Paid off at Chatham Dockyard ADM 106
30.1.1746/47Ordered to be cut down to a third rate 74BWAS-1714
21.11.1749Re-rated as a 74-gun Third RateBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
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
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
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
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
 

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Posted by Tony Willoughby on Tuesday 1st of August 2017 14:16

I wonder if you could let me know who were the captains/commanders of the Dragon, the Neptune, the Torbay and the Revenge at the battle of Toulon. I had hoped that they would be respectively Watson,Stepney, Stepney and Berkeley, but your records show 1745 for the dates for each of them.

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