Origin and History
The ship was built at Portsmouth and launched in 1745.
During the Seven Years' War, the ship was under the command of:
- 1757: captain Henry Barnsley (drowned when the ship foundered on September 27)
The ship foundered on September 25 1757.
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. The Tilbury was dashed on the rocks, 11 km from Louisbourg. Many of her crew were drowned including captain Barnsley. The survivors were captured by the French.
N.B.: reported with 64 guns in 1757 by "Complete History"
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
Clowes, Wm. Laird, The Royal Navy – A History from the Earliest Time to the Present, Vol. III, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London: 1898, pp. 167-169, 171-172
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