Success (24)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built at Hull and launched in 1740.

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

  • since 1755 to 1757: captain John Rous
  • on June 5 1758: captain Paul Henry Ourry

The frigate was broken up in 1779.

Service during the War

In April 1755, the frigate arrived at Boston from Halifax. By mid July she was back to Halifax and reconnoitred St. John's River.

In 1757, the frigate was part of the fleet assembled at New York by Loudon for the expedition against Louisbourg. On June 20, after waiting in vain for Holbourne, Loudon finally put to sea and sailed from Sandy Hook to Halifax where he arrived without meeting any opposition on June 30. By July 10, Loudon had been joined by Holbourne's squadron before Halifax. On July 19, she was sent, along with the Elphingham (20) and the Speedwell (12) with one of the best sailing transports to reconnoitre Louisbourg. In August, when the combined fleet was ready to set sail, the harbour of Louisbourg had already been reinforced by three French squadron and governor Loudon canceled the whole enterprise.

At the end of May 1758, the frigate was part of commodore Howe's squadron who, from June 1 to July 1, escorted the amphibious expedition against the French coasts. On June 5 at 2:00 PM, Howe shifted his broad pennant to the Success to silence the battery defending the beach in the bay of Cancale, along with 3 other British vessels, to clear the beach, and to cover the landing. By 4:00 PM, Howe advanced with his 4 vessels against the French battery. Soon after 7:00 PM, the French battery began to play on the Success (24) which ran aground in a very advantageous situation for silencing the battery. Finally, the 4 British vessels silenced the battery and cleared the village. From July 31 to September 19, she probably took part to the second expedition against the French Coasts.

To do: campaigns from 1759 to 1762


Technical specifications
Guns 24

N.B.: reported with 22 guns in 1757 by "Complete History"

Main deck ???
Crew 150
Length ???
Width ???
Depth ???
Displacement ???


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

Phillip, Michael, Ships of the Old Navy

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