HMS Expedition (1679)

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Name: HMS Expedition
Builder: Furzer, Portsmouth Dockyard
Launched: 1679
Renamed: HMS Prince Frederick, 1715
Fate: Sold, 1784
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: 70-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,059 tons BM
Length: 152 ft 1 in (46.4 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 40 ft 9 in (12.4 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 70 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1699 rebuild[2]
Class and type: 70-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,116 tons BM
Length: 152 ft 1 in (46.4 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12.4 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 1.5 in (5.2 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament: 70 guns of various weights of shot
General characteristics after 1714 rebuild[3]
Class and type: 1706 Establishment 70-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,116
Length: 150 ft (45.7 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 4 in (5.3 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament:
  • 70 guns:
  • Gundeck: 26 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 6 pdrs
General characteristics after 1740 rebuild[4]
Class and type: 1733 proposals 70-gun third-rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,225
Length: 151 ft (46.0 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 43 ft 5 in (13.2 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 9 in (5.4 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Armament:
  • 70 guns:
  • Gundeck: 26 × 24 pdrs
  • Upper gundeck: 26 × 12 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 14 × 6 pdrs
  • Forecastle: 4 × 6 pdrs

HMS Expedition was a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1679.[1]

Expedition was rebuilt as a 70-gun third rate in 1699 at Chatham Dockyard.[2] She was rebuilt for a second time as a 70-gun third rate to the 1706 Establishment at Portsmouth Dockyard, and was relaunched on 16 August 1714. She was renamed HMS Prince Frederick after Frederick, Prince of Wales in 1715.[3] Her final rebuild was carried out at Deptford, where she was reconstructed as a 70-gun third rate to the 1733 proposals of the 1719 Establishment.[4]

The Prince Frederick was part of Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon's fleet and took part in the expedition to Cartagena de Indias during the War of Jenkin's Ear.

Prince Frederick was sold out of the navy in 1784.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p162.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p166.
  3. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p168.
  4. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p171.

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.