Elizabeth (64)

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Origin and History

The ship was rebuilt by John Ward at Chatham dockyard, from a ship initially built in 1706, and launched on November 29 1737.

On November 17 1738, it was ordered to fit the ship as a guardship.

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

  • in 1758: captain Richard Kempenfelt
  • in September 1759: captain Richard Tidderman

The ship was broken up on May 10 1766.

Service during the War

In June 1757, the ship was part of the squadron under the command of commodore Stevens which left England for India.

On March 24 1758, Stevens' squadron reached Madras (actual Chennai) and joined with vice-admiral Pocock's squadron in the Hooghly river. It then took an active part to the operations on the coast of Coromandel. On April 29, she was among Pocock's ships who took part to the combat of Cuddalore where she assisted the Tiger (60) which was hard pressed. After the combat, Pocock's squadron was forced to return to Madras to refit. At the end of May, the squadron made an unsuccessful attempt to relieve Fort St. David who finally surrendered on June 2. A few days later (June 6), the squadron sailed for Madras. On July 25, Pocock's squadron sailed from Madras, intending to engage the French squadron of d'Aché near Pondicherry. On August 3, the Elizabeth, carrying commodore Charles Stevens, took part to the victorious combat of Negapatam where she replaced the Tiger (60) as the leader the British line. She soon engaged the Comte-de-Provence (68), forcing her to quit the line, and then fought the Duc-de-Bourgogne (64).

On September 10 1759, the ship took part in the battle of Pondicherry. At 11:00 AM, when Pocock engaged the French, the ship led the attack. After the battle, on September 11, the ship towed the badly damaged Cumberland (66).

To do: campaigns from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 70 (often reported as a "64" but built as a "70")
Gundeck 26 x 24-pdrs
Upper gundeck 26 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck 14 x 6-pdrs
Forecastle 4 x 6-pdrs
Crew 595
Length at gundeck 151 ft (46 m)
Width 43 ft 5 in (13.2 m)
Depth 17 ft 9 in (5.4 m)
Displacement 1,224 long tons (1243.6 t)

References

Blasco, Manuel, British 3rd Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

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

Wikipedia

  • HMS Elizabeth (1706)

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