Origin and History
The ship was built at Deptford and launched in 1742.
During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:
- since December 2 1755 to ???: captain Maurice Suckling
The ship was sold in 1784.
Service during the War
In October 1757, the ship was part of captain Forrest's squadron which had been sent by rear-admiral Thomas Cotes to intercept a French convoy that would soon leave Cap-François (actual Cap-Haïtien) for France. On October 21, Forrest's squadron engaged a French squadron in the combat of Cap-François. The British ships were so badly damaged that they had to return to Jamaica for repair. The Dreadnought lost 9 killed and 30 wounded. The French convoy seized this opportunity to set sail for France.
To do: campaigns of 1758 to 1763
Castex, Jean-Claude, Dictionnaire des batailles terrestres franco-anglaises de la Guerre de Sept Ans, Presse de l'université Laval, Québec: 2006, pp. 42-45
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. 164-166
Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy