Lichfield (50)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by John Barnard at Harwich from 1744 to 1746 and launched on June 26 1746.

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

  • from January 1755 to November 1758: captain Matthew Barton

The ship was ran ashore on the coast of Morocco on November 30 1758 .

Service during the War

In 1756, the ship was part of the squadron of admiral Boscawen who sailed to the gulf of the Saint-Laurent river to intercept French reinforcements. In June off Louisbourg, the ship captured the Arc-en-Ciel (50). She returned to Great Britain in December.

In 1758, the ship was sent to the Leeward Islands. In August, it escorted a convoy of 100 ships from these islands to Great Britain.She was then refitted in Portsmouth. In October, she 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. In the early morning of November 30, owing to an error in reckoning caused by bad weather, the ship ran ashore on the coast of Morocco and became a total loss. There was unfortunately some loss of life (about 130 men). The 220 survivors were detained by the sultan of Morocco for 18 months until ransomed, with other British subjects, for 170,000 dollars (captain Barton was tried for the loss of his ship, and honourably acquitted in August 1760.).


Technical specifications
Guns 50
Gundeck 22 x 24-pdrs
Upper gundeck 22 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck 4 x 6-pdrs
Forecastle 2 x 6-pdrs
Crew n/a
Length at gundeck 140 ft (42.7 m)
Width 40 ft (12.2 m)
Depth 17 ft 2½ in (5.2 m)
Displacement 979 long tons (994.7 t)


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

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy


  • HMS Lichfield (1746)

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