HMS Grafton (1750)

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"HMS Grafton, fitted with a jury rudder, etc, for her voyage to England, after the storm off Louisbourg, 1757.".png
"HMS Grafton after the storm off Louisbourg, 1757."
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Name: HMS Grafton
Ordered: 28 August 1744 & 6 August 1745
Builder: Peirson Lock, Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down: 11 September 1745
Launched: 29 March 1750
Commissioned: February 1755
In service: 1755–1763
Fate: Sold at Chatham Dockyard, 1767
General characteristics
Class and type: 1745 Establishment 70-gun third rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 1,414 ​5694(bm)
  • 160 ft 0 in (48.8 m) (gundeck)
  • 131 ft 4 in (40.0 m) (keel)
Beam: 45 ft 4 in (13.8 m)
Depth of hold: 19 ft 4 in (5.9 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 520

HMS Grafton was a 70-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Portsmouth Dockyard to the draught specified by the 1745 Establishment, and launched on 29 March 1750. The ship served in the failed Louisbourg Expedition (1757).

Naval career[edit]

Grafton was commissioned in February 1755 under Captain Charles Holmes, in the months immediately before the commencement of the Seven Years' War between Britain and France. On 11 May 1755 she was assigned as a reinforcement for the British fleet commanded by Admiral Edward Boscawen, and sailed for North America when war was formally declared in 1756.[1]

Grafton served until 1767, when she was sold out of the Navy.[1]


  1. ^ a b Winfield 2007, p.53


  • Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Barnsley, United Kingdom: Seaforth. ISBN 9781844157006.