St. Albans (60)

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Origin and History

The ship was built by Thomas West at Deptford Dockyards and launched on December 23 1747.

In 1748, the ship served as guard ship at Plymouth. In December 1752, it sailed for West Africa, and then to Jamaica before returning to Great Britain.

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

  • from September 1755 to November 1756: captain sir William Gordon
  • from November 1756 to 1758: captain James Webb
  • in 1758: captain Edward Vernon
  • from January 1759 to September 1759: captain James Baker
  • from September 1759 to 1760: captain Edward Vernon

The ship was sold at Chatham on March 14 1765.

Service during the War

On December 1 1756, the ship captured the French privateer Rouille. A few weeks later, on December 29, she captured the French privateer Prince de Conti.

On April 21 1757, the ship sailed from Great Britain to join the British squadron conducting operations in the Mediterranean.

In July 1758, the ship captured the French Loire (50) in the Mediterranean.

On August 18 1759, she took part to the victorious battle of Lagos.

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 60
Lower gun deck 24 x 24-pdrs
Upper gun deck 26 x 12-pdrs
Quarterdeck 8 x 6-pdrs
Forecastle 2 x 6-pdrs
Crew 420 men
Length 149 ft 10 in (45.67 m)
Width 43 ft 4 in (13,21 m)
Depth 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Displacement 1207 tons BM (1226 tonnes)

References

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

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

Wikipedia

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