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Origin and History
The fireship was purchased on May 16 1757 by the Royal Navy.
During the Seven Years' War, the fireship was under the command of:
- from October to at least December 1758: commander William Newsom
The fireship was sold on June 16 1763.
Service during the War
In October 1758, the fireship 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.
To do: campaigns from 1759 to 1763
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N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.