HMS Dorsetshire (1694)

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Name: HMS Dorsetshire
Builder: Winter, Southampton
Launched: 8 December 1694
Fate: Sold, 1749
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: 80-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,176
Length: 153 ft 4.5 in (46.7 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 42 ft (12.8 m)
Depth of hold: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 80 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1712 rebuild[2]
Class and type: 1706 Establishment 80-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,289
Length: 156 ft (47.5 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 43 ft 6 in (13.3 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 8 in (5.4 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 80 guns:
  • Gundeck: 26 × 32 pdrs
  • Middle gundeck: 26 × 12 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 24 × 6 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 6 pdrs

HMS Dorsetshire was an 80-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched at Southampton on 8 December 1694.[1]

Dorsetshire came under the command of Edward Whitaker in 1704 and she was at the capture of Gibraltar (but out of commission). Whitaker then took the ship to play a part in the Battle of Málaga the same year.[3]

She was rebuilt according to the 1706 Establishment at Portsmouth Dockyard, and relaunched on 20 September 1712. As built, Dorsetshire had carried her 80-gun armament on two decks, but during this rebuild they were redistributed over a third gundeck, although she continued to be classified as a third rate.[2]

Dorsetshire continued to serve until 1749, when she was sold out of the navy.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 163.
  2. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 167.
  3. ^ J. K. Laughton, ‘Whitaker, Sir Edward (1660?–1735)’, rev. J. D. Davies, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 28 April 2013

References[edit]

  • Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.