Prince Edward (44)
Origin and History
The ship was a fifth rate frigate built by Henry Bird at Rotherhithe and launched on September 2 1745.
During the Seven Years' War, the frigate was under the command of:
- from at least October 1758 to at least 1759: captain William Fortescue
The frigate was sold on September 16 1766.
Service during the War
In October 1758, the frigate was part of commodore Augustus Keppel's squadron assigned to the expedition against Gorée in Sénégal. On October 26, the fleet embarked some troops at Kinsale in Ireland and sailed off on November 11. On December 29, the squadron bombarded Gorée, soon silencing the French batteries and forcing the town to surrender. The squadron then escorted the British troops to Sénégal where they would take station and returned to Great Britain.
In 1759, captain Fortescue impressed the men out of the Thomas & Elizabeth, from Newfoundland to Poole.
To do: campaigns from 1759 to 1762
Blasco, Manuel, British 5th 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.