Norfolk (74)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Adam Hayes at the Deptford dockyard and launched on December 28 1757.

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

  • in January 1759: captain Robert Hughes
  • in 1760: captain Hyde Parker
  • in 1761: captain Richard Kempenfelt

The ship was decommissioned in 1764 and broken up in December 1774.

Service during the War

At the beginning of January 1759, the ship was among the fleet assembled at Carlisle Bay in Barbados under commodore John Moore for the planned expedition against the Martinique and Guadeloupe islands. On January 13, the whole British force sailed for Martinique Island. On January 15, the fleet lay off the bay of Fort Royal (actual Fort de France). On January 18, after an unsuccessful attempt of the land troops to capture Fort Royal, the British fleet proceeded to Saint-Pierre, the second town in Martinique. On January 19, the attack of the coastal batteries failed and commodore Moore decided to redirect his efforts against the island of Guadeloupe. On January 22, the British fleet reached Basse-Terre. On January 23, the ship was part of the squadron sent against the citadel of Basse-Terre while other vessels bombarded the town which was almost entirely destroyed. On January 24, British troops landed and occupied the town. Until March 11, most of the fleet remained idle in front of Basse-Terre. Moore then transported most of the land forces to Fort Louis before falling back to Prince Rupert's Bay in the Island of Dominica, in order to cover Basse-Terre and the British Leeward Islands from the threat of the newly arrived French squadron. The island of Guadeloupe finally capitulated on May 1.

In 1760, the ship joined the British fleet operating in the East Indies. She became the flagship of admiral Cornish.

To do: more details on the campaigns from 1760 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 74
Gundeck 28 x 32-pdrs
Upper gundeck 28 x 18-pdrs
Quarterdeck 14 x 9-pdrs
Forecastle 4 x 9-pdrs
Crew not available
Length at gundeck 165 ft 6 in (50.4 m)
Width 46 ft 6 in (14.2 m)
Depth 19 ft 9 in (6.0 m)
Displacement 1556 tons (1581 tonnes)


Blasco, Manuel, British 3rd Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

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.