Nominal Guns90BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down18.12.1750BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn LockBWAS-1714
CategorySecond RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Third Rate ship of the line 'Namur' (1805) (74)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck174' 11 ½"Imperial Feet53.0479 
Length of Keel144' 4"Imperial Feet43.8935 
Breadth48' 7 ½"Imperial Feet14.6431 
Depth in Hold20' 6"Imperial Feet6.2484 
Draught Forward15' 2"Imperial Feet4.5822 
Draught Aft17' 5"Imperial Feet5.1997 
Burthen1,815 2094Tons BM 


1756Broadside 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

1793Broadside Weight = 878 Imperial Pound ( 398.173 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck26 British 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

11.1794Broadside Weight = 928 Imperial Pound ( 420.848 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 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Roundhouse6 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1794738Reduced EstablishmentBWAS-1714

15 Commanding Officers

5.1756 - 1757CaptainJames Hobbs (d.1770)BWAS-17141.6.1756 - 3.6.1756CaptainJohn Brett (d.1785)ODNB1757 - 9.1757CaptainPeter Denis (1713-1778)BWAS-17141758 - 1762CaptainMathew Buckle (1716-1784)BWAS-17141762 - 1763CaptainJohn Harrison (d.1791)BWAS-171410.1770 - 6.1771CaptainWalter Griffith (1727-1779)BWAS-17145.1778 - 1779CaptainMark Milbanke (1724-1805)BWAS-17141779 - 4.1780CaptainCharles Fielding (1738-1783)BWAS-17144.1780 - 1782CaptainHerbert Sawyer (d.1798)BWAS-17141782 - 6.1783CaptainRobert Fanshawe (1740-1823)BWAS-17143.1795 - 1797CaptainJames Hawkins-Whitshed (1762-1849)BWAS-17143.1798 - 11.1798CaptainThomas SothebyBWAS-171411.1798 - 12.1800CaptainWilliam LukeBWAS-171412.1800 - 5.1801CaptainCharles Temple Hardy (1765-1714)BWAS-17145.1801 - 4.1802CaptainThe Hon. Michael de Courcy (d.1824)BWAS-1714

3 Flag Officers

8.2.1758 - 10.1759Admiral of the BlueThe Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)BWAS-17141762 - 21.10.1762Vice-Admiral George Pocock (1705/6-1792)BWAS-171421.10.1762 - 1763Admiral George Pocock (1705/6-1792)BWAS-1714

11 Commissioned Officers

1758 - 21.8.1759LieutenantMichael Henry Pascal (d.1786)PMD1.1758 - 2.8.1758Second LieutenantRichard Bickerton (1727-1792)ODNB1761LieutenantThomas Plint (d.1778)ref:8491761LieutenantCecil Scottref:8491761LieutenantPatrick Drummond (d.1792)ref:8491761LieutenantLewis Gellie (d.1812)ref:8491761LieutenantJohn Boultonref:8491761LieutenantJohn Hollingbery Mann (d.1795)ref:8491762 - 14.6.1762LieutenantJohn Carey (d.1782)ref:88830.11.1770 - 21.1.1771First LieutenantCuthbert Baines (1743-1810)ref:9801782First LieutenantJohn Lawford (1756-1842)EWIKI

1 Warrant Officer

24.4.1801 - 10.5.1801MasterPeter Peterson (d.1815)ADM29-1

7 Petty Officers

1759 - 20.3.1760MidshipmanBenjamin Caldwell (1739-1820)ref:6761759 - 3.7.1763MidshipmanPhilip Patton (1739-1815)ODNB1760 - 2.2.1761MidshipmanWilliam Quarme (d.1802)ref:8901760 - 23.3.1761MidshipmanWilliam Smith (1742-1814)ref:8496.4.1760 - 29.3.1761MidshipmanJohn Woodref:8491761 - 4.8.1761MidshipmanThomas Pomeroyref:84924.3.1761 - 1762MidshipmanJohn Rawlings (d.1790)HCA26

4 Crewmen

22.2.1759 - 1760Captain's ServantJohn Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817)WWNH20.8.1759 - 21.9.1759Able SeamanHenry Duncan (1735-1814)B1251760 - 6.4.1760Able SeamanJohn Woodref:8497.4.1760 - 24.3.1761Able SeamanJohn Rawlings (d.1790)ref:890

Service History

27.8.1756Completed at a cost of "57,284.11.2d including fittingBWAS-1714
1757Commissioned for the Western squadronBWAS-1714
23.2.1758Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
26.7.1758At the surrender of Louisbourg then returned homeBWAS-1714
14.4.1759Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
18.8.1759Battle of Lagos Bay
23.10.1759Joined Hawke's fleetBWAS-1714
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
1760In the Western squadronBWAS-1714
1761Operations off BrestBWAS-1714
5.3.1762Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Present at the start of operations against HavanaBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havanna
13.8.1762Operations against Havana ceasedBWAS-1714
1763Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1765Started a small repair at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
3.1766Completed small repair at a cost of £13,686.8.8dBWAS-1714
10.1770Recommissioned for the Falklands disputeBWAS-1714
6.1771Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1774Started a great repair and refit at ChathamBWAS-1714
8.1778repair and refit completed at a cost of £34,052.6.2dBWAS-1714
1779In the Western squadronBWAS-1714
31.12.1779Part of van Byland's convoyBWAS-1714
31.12.1779Affair of Fielding and Bylandt
1780In the Western squadronBWAS-1714
4.1780Coppered and fitted at Portsmouth at a cost of £7,634.8.11dBWAS-1714
1781Sailed to the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
15.1.1782Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
9.4.1782In the Dominica channelBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
1783Returned from North America to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1783Fitted for ordinary at PlymouthBWAS-1714
5.1786Started a middling repair at PlymouthBWAS-1714
2.1788Completed repair at a cost of £28,941.1.6dBWAS-1714
3.1795Recommissioned for service in the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1796Fitted at Plymouth at a cost of £5,046BWAS-1714
1797Sailed to LisbonBWAS-1714
14.2.17972nd Battle of Cape St Vincent
1798Still at LisbonBWAS-1714
9.1799Returned to England for service in the ChannelBWAS-1714
4.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1804Started process of being cut down to a third rate and refitted at ChathamBWAS-1714
5.1805Conversion completed at a cost of £21,277BWAS-1714

Notes on Ship

She ws the second ship to be given Sepping's enclosed bow when razeed in 1804/05


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
PMD Private manuscript documents Book
ref:849 A Social History of Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1761-1831Samantha CavellThesis
ref:888 The Lurcher Cutter in the Seven Years’ War, 1761-1763Carol D. Greene,Digital Book
ref:980 H.M.S. Falcon Web Site
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:676 More than Nelson Web Site
ref:890 MidshipmenC. G.Pitcairn Jones R.NDigital Book
HCA26 HCA 26 1689-1809 High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Registers of Declarations for Letters of MarqAuthorityWeb Site
WWNH Who's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
B125 NRS Vol 020 - The Naval Miscellany Vol IJohn Knox Laughton EdBook

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