Woolwich (44)

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Origin and History

The frigate was built by Moody Janrevin and John Darley at Bucklers Hard and launched on March 7 1749.

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

  • in January 1759: captain Peter Parker
  • later in 1759: captain Daniel Dering

The frigate was sold out of the navy on December 30 1762.

Service during the War

At the beginning of January 1759, the frigate was among the fleet assembled at Carlisle Bay in Barbados under commodore John Moore for the planned expedition against the Martinique and Guadeloupe islands. On January 13, the whole British force sailed for Martinique Island. On January 15, the fleet lay off the bay of Fort Royal (actual Fort de France). On the morning of January 16, the frigate was part of the squadron charged to silence the French coastal batteries and to cover the landing. On January 18, after an unsuccessful attempt of the land troops to capture Fort Royal, the British fleet proceeded to Saint-Pierre, the second town in Martinique. On January 19, after failing to silence the batteries around Saint-Pierre, commodore Moore decided to redirect his efforts against the island of Guadeloupe. On January 22, the British fleet reached Basse-Terre. On January 23, Moore hoisted his pennant on board the frigate to supervise the bombarment of Basse-Terre. which was almost entirely destroyed. On January 24, British troops landed and occupied the town. On February 6, the frigate was part of captain Harman's squadron which was detached to attack Fort Louis on the Grande-Terre. On February 13, this squadron cannonaded Fort Louis for 6 hours before landing a large detachment of marines and Highlanders who stormed the fort. In mid March, Moore fell back to Prince Rupert's Bay in the Island of Dominica with his fleet, in order to cover Basse-Terre and the British Leeward Islands from the threat of the newly arrived French squadron. The island of Guadeloupe finally capitulated on May 1. The frigate then returned to Great Britain. In the autumn, she was part of the British squadron in the Downs, under commodore sir Piercy Brett. In October, when the French squadron of Thurot slipped out of Dunkerque harbour through a thick fog and made to the northward, Brett's squadron was ordered to Yarmouth to protect the coast of England.

To do: more details on the campaigns from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 44
Gundeck not available
Quarterdeck not available
Forecastle not available
Crew not available
Length at gundeck 133.5 ft (40.7 m)
Width 38 ft (11.6 m)
Depth not available
Displacement 825 long tons (838.2 tonnes)

References

Blasco, Manuel, British 5th Rates, 3 Decks Wiki

Wikipedia

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