Sunderland (60)

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Origin and History

The ship was built at Chatham and launched in 1724.

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

  • 1756: ???
  • from at least September 1759 to 1761: captain honourable James Colville

The ship foundered off Pondichery (actual Puducherry) on January 1 in 1761.

Service during the War

In 1757, the ship was part of admiral Holbourne's squadron which left Ireland on May 5 for the planned expedition against Louisbourg. By July 10, the entire squadron was finally at anchor before Halifax where it made its junction with Hardy's squadron. However on August, when the combined fleet was ready to set sail, Louisbourg had already been reinforced by three French squadron and governor Loudon canceled the whole enterprise. Holbourne's squadron stayed off Louisbourg till September 25 when it was shattered by a most terrible storm. It then returned to Great Britain in a very bad condition.

On June 30 1759, the ship joined the fleet of vice-admiral George Pocock, who was cruising off Pondicherry (actual Puducherry) in India. On September 10, the ship took part in the battle of Pondicherry. After the battle, on September 11, the ship towed the badly damaged Newcastle (50).

On January 1 1761, the ship foundered during a cyclone off the coasts of Indian near Pondichery.

To do: campaign of 1760


Technical specifications
Guns 60

N.B.: reported with 64 guns in 1757 by "Complete History"

Gun deck ???
Upper gun deck ???
Quarter deck ???
Crew 400
Length ???
Width ???
Depth ???
Displacement ???


Anonymous, A Complete History of the Present War, from its Commencement in 1756, to the End of the Campaign, 1760, London, 1761, pp. 202-205, 233-235

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

Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy

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