Origin and History
The frigate was built by John Buxton at Rotherhithe and launched on October 8 1743.
During the War of the Austrian Succession, on November 22 1745, the frigate captured the French privateer Soleil off the Dogger Bank.
During the Seven Years' War, the frigate was under the command of:
- from January 19 1759: captain John Clarke
The frigate was sold on July 26 1768.
Service during the War
In November 1762, the frigate was chased by the French ship of the line Content (64), and the frigates Pléiade (24) and Minerve near Gibraltar. After 7 days, she finally took refuge in Villa Franca. During the chase, the Minerve struck on a rock and foundered. The crew of the Sheerness saved 25 men from the wreck.
|Length at gundeck||112 ft (34.14 m)|
|Width||32 ft (9.75 m)|
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N.B.: the section Service during the War is partly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.