HMS Harwich (1743)

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Name: HMS Harwich
Ordered: 6 August 1742
Launched: 22 December 1743
Fate: Wrecked, 1760
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: 1741 proposals 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 976 (bm)
Length: 140 ft (42.7 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Depth of hold: 17 ft 2 12 in (5.2 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
  • Gundeck: 22 × 24-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck: 22 × 12-pounder guns
  • QD: 4 × 6-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 6-pounder guns

HMS Harwich was a 50-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built to the dimensions laid down in the 1741 proposals of the 1719 Establishment at Harwich, and launched on 22 December 1743.[1]

Her captain, William Adams, was killed in 1748 during Edward Boscawen's unsuccessful siege of Pondicherry during the War of the Austrian Succession.

At some point around in 1757 or shortly before, Harwich captured the Maria Louisa Magdalena, Messagere, and Comte de Maurepas. She shared the prize money, by agreement, with Torbay and Rochester.[2]

Harwich was wrecked in 1760.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p172.
  2. ^ "no. 9744". The London Gazette. 29 November 1757. p. 3. 


  • 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.