Antelope (54)

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Origin and History

The ship was built at the Woolwich dockyards and launched in 1741.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, the ship served in the Mediterranean in 1745 and 1746.

During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:

  • 1757: captain Alexander Arthur Hood
  • 1758: captain Thomas Saumarez
  • 1759: captain James Webb

The ship was sold in 1783.

Service during the War

On June 16 1756, Hawke and Saunders left Portsmouth on board this ship proceeded to Gibraltar to take command of the British squadron of the Mediterranean. On July 3, the ship arrived at Gibraltar and Hawke immediately assumed command of the British fleet, replacing Byng. On July 9, the ship sailed back from Gibraltar with admiral Byng and rear-admiral West on board. On July 26, she arrived at Portsmouth after a short trip. Byng was immediately put under arrest for his conduct during the battle of Minorca.

On November 2 1758, the ship took the French Belliqueux (64) off Ilfracombe in the Irish sea.

In the summer and autumn of 1759, the ship was part of commodore William Boys' squadron blockading the French squadron of Thurot at Dunkerque. In October, Boys' squadron was driven from his station by a gale. On October 15 at 5:00 PM, Thurot seized the opportunity, slipped out through a thick fog and made to the northward. Boys followed as soon as possible but was not able to overtake Thurot. Ultimately, Boys contented himself with cruising off the coast of Scotland with the object of preventing any sudden raid there.

To do: campaigns from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 54
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References

Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761

Clowes, Wm. Laird, The Royal Navy – A History from the Earliest Time to the Present, Vol. III, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London: 1898, pp. 146-160

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.