Harwich (50)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by John Barnard at Harwich in 1742-43 and launched on December 22 1743. She was initially named “Tiger”.

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

  • in March and April 1758: captain Henry Marsh

The ship was wrecked on October 4 1760.

Service during the War

In March and April 1758, the ship took part to the expedition against Fort Louis in Senegal. She sailed from Plymouth on March 9 at the head of Marsh's small squadron. This British force captured Fort Louis on May 1. Marsh's squadron then sailed for the island of Gorée and attacked it on May 24, retiring badly mauled after a cannonade of more then 2 hours. Later, Marsh himself with the ship escorted the trade which was bound for Jamaica.

To do: campaigns from 1759 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 50
Gundeck 22 x 24-pdrs
Upper gundeck 22 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck 4 x 6-pdrs
Forecastle 2 x 6-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length at gundeck 140 ft (42.7 m)
Width 40 ft (12.2 m)
Depth 17 ft 2½ in (5.2 m)
Displacement 976 long tons (991.7 t)


Blasco, Manuel, British 4th Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

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


  • HMS Harwich (1743)

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