HMS Looe (1741)
|Ordered:||22 December 1740|
|Builder:||Thomas Snelgrove, Limehouse|
|Laid down:||26 January 1741|
|Launched:||29 December 1741|
|Completed:||3 April 1742|
|Fate:||Wrecked on 5 February 1744|
|Class and type:||44-gun fifth rate warship|
|Tons burthen:||685 46⁄94 bm|
|Beam:||35 ft 8 in (10.9 m)|
|Depth of hold:||14 ft 6.5 in (4.43 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
Construction and commissioning
Looe was ordered on 22 December 1740 from the yards of Thomas Snelgrove, Limehouse to the designs of the 1733 Establishment. She was laid down on 26 January 1741 and launched on 29 December 1741. She was by then the fourth ship of the Navy to be named Looe, after the town of Looe, Cornwall. She was completed by 3 April 1742 at Deptford Dockyard, having cost £6,949.10.0d to build with a further £4,403.7.7d spent on fitting out. She was commissioned in January 1742 under the command of Captain George Carnegie, the sixth Earl of Northesk, for service in the Bay of Biscay.
Looe was lost off the Florida coast early in the morning of 5 February 1744. She had a captured merchant ship commanded by a Spanish crew in tow when, just after midnight, she struck a reef, followed shortly by the merchant ship. With a priority to escape to avoid capture by the Spanish, the three small boats carried by the frigate were inadequate to carry the 274 survivors, however a Spanish sloop was sighted nearby, which was captured after being chased by some of the crew in the frigate's boats. After the grounded ships had been salvaged for provisions, they were set alight and the survivors departed in the sloop and smaller boats.
The sloop managed to reach Port Royal, South Carolina. One of the smaller boats reached New Providence in the Bahamas, and one was rescued near Cuba. Captain Utting was court-martialled, but acquitted.
- Winfield 2007, p. 170
- Colledge. Ships of the Royal Navy. p. 204.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- "Resource Survey of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary" (PDF). NOAA. 1983. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- Viele, John. The Florida Keys. Pineapple Press. pp. 27–31. ISBN 978-1-56164-179-6.
- "A letter from captain Ashby Utting to the Admiralty reporting the loss of the HMS Looe". 15 February 1744. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
- Dean, Love. Lighthouses of the Florida Keys. Pineapple Press. pp. 238–239. ISBN 978-1-56164-165-9.
- Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships of the Age of Sail 1714–1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth. ISBN 1-86176-295-X.