Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down22.2.1742/43BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.2.1755
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck168' 0 ½"Imperial Feet51.2191 
Length of Keel137' 0"Imperial Feet41.7576 
Breadth48' 1"Imperial Feet14.6336 
Depth in Hold20' 2"Imperial Feet6.1468 
Burthen1,685 7994Tons BM 


2.1755Broadside Weight = 842 Imperial Pound ( 381.847 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

5 Commanding Officers

4.2.1755 - 5.2.1755CaptainFrancis Holburne (1704-1771) ADM 6/18/127BWAS-171413.5.1755 - 23.9.1755CaptainPhilip Durell (1707-1766) ADM 6/18/163BWAS-171423.9.1755 - 5.6.1756CaptainArthur Gardiner (c.1716-1758) ADM 6/18/195BWAS-17145.6.1756 - 15.2.1758CaptainJames Hobbs (c.1711-1770) ADM 6/18/276BWAS-171415.2.1758 - 15.2.1760CaptainWittewronge Taylor (c.1719-1760)† ADM 6/18/487BWAS-1714

5 Flag Officers

9.1755 - 1756Vice-Admiral of the WhiteThomas Smith (c.1707-1762)BWAS-171428.9.1755 - 7.1756Vice-Admiral of the RedThe Hon. John Byng (1704-1757)ODNB8.1757 - 1758Admiral of the Blue Edward Hawke (1704/5-1781)BWAS-171411.1758Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCharles Saunders (1713-1775)BWAS-171411.1758 - c.23.11.1759Admiral of the Blue Edward Hawke (1704/5-1781)BWAS-1714

2 Petty Officers

1756MidshipmanRichard Rodney Bligh (1737-1821)ODNB1756 - 1757MidshipmanWilliam Babb (d.1791)ADM 106

Service History

8.2.1748/49Relaunched at Portsmouth Dockyard at a rebuild cost of £33.685.1.0dBWAS-1714
6.4.1756Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
20.5.1756Suffered no casualties at the Battle of MinorcaBWAS-1714
20.5.1756Battle of Minorca
5.9.1757Raid on Rochefort
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
15.2.1760Wrecked on Bolt Head, c.700 people drowned including the captain, there were 26 survivorsBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ADM 106ADM 106 1674-1832 Navy Board: Entry Book of Out Letters Document

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