HMS Liverpool (1758)
|Career (Great Britain)|
|Ordered:||3 September 1756|
|Builder:||John Gorill & William Pownall, Liverpool|
|Laid down:||1 October 1756|
|Launched:||10 February 1758|
|Class & type:||Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||589 85⁄94 bm|
|Length:||118 ft 4 in (gundeck)
97 ft 7¼ in (keel)
|Beam:||33 ft 8½ in|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Complement:||200 officers and men|
The second ship in the Royal Navy to be named Liverpool was built in its namesake city and was launched on 10 February 1758. She was a sixth-rate frigate of the Coventry class with a small burthen tonnage of 590 tons (3½ tons more than designed) and armed with 28 guns.
Seven Years' War
She was engaged in blockading Dunkirk, where a French expedition had been assembled for a potential invasion of Ireland or Scotland. Whilst on this duty, Liverpool captured a French privateer vessel, bringing her into Margate Roads. Liverpool shortly afterwards captured another French privateer, known as the Grand Admiral. The ship continued in service in the English Channel and North Sea until 1764 when her career came to a brief end and she was paid off in Woolwich.
She underwent a "great repair" between March 1766 and April 1767, and re-commissioned in March 1767 and was subsequently ordered to Newfoundland. After two years service there she journeyed to the Mediterranean, remaining there until her eventual return for paying off in Chatham, England in March 1772. On 15 July 1775 Liverpool was re-commissioned for the final time.
American Revolutionary War
She served in the Mediterranean once more, then after a while joined the Fleet in North America under Viscount Howe in 1777, during the American Revolution, but it turned into a fateful deployment for the ship.
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