Origin and History
The ship was built by John Randall at Rotherhithe and launched on November 16 1758.
During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:
- in 1759: captain Francis William Drake
In August 1774, the ship was sunk as breakwater.
Service during the War
In May 1759, the ship was part of Boscawen squadron who had taken position off Cap Sicié to blockade the harbour of Toulon where a French fleet was preparing to sail to join another squadron at Brest and then to escort an invasion force to Ireland. At the beginning of July, Boscawen was compelled to go to Gibraltar for provisions and repairs. On August 5 de la Clue set sail from Toulon to make a junction with de Conflans' fleet at Brest. On August 17, de la Clue's fleet (10 ships of the line, 2 50-gun ships and 3 frigates) passed the straits of Gibraltar where it was sighted by the Gibraltar (20). Alarmed, Boscawen set sail from Gibraltar to intercept de la Clue. On August 18, the ship took part to the victorious battle of Lagos. As soon as his fleet had repaired damages, Boscawen returned to Great Britain, in accordance with his instructions, taking with him several vessels. These were afterwards followed by the Edgar (60), Princess Louisa (60), and the prize Centaure (74).
To do: more details on the campaigns from 1760 to 1762
|Length at gundeck||154 ft (47 m)|
|Width||43 ft 6 in (13.26 m)|
|Depth||18 ft 4 in (5.59 m)|
|Displacement||1297 tons (1318 tonnes)|
Blasco, Manuel, 3 Decks Wiki – British 3rd Rates
Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy
N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.