HMS Scarborough (1711)

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HMS Scarborough was a 32 gun fifth-rate ship built at the Sheerness Dockyard and launched by the Royal Navy in 1711.[1] Her captain was Tobias Hume.

In 1717, the Scarborough caused the destruction of a pirate galley and a sloop near Saint Croix, but failed to capture the crew,[2] who would go on to join Samuel Bellamy.[3] Records of the time also indicate the Scarborough was in the vicinity of Blackbeard the pirate and his crew in February 1717 near Nevis. The deposition of Henry Bostock recounts that the pirates "had met the Man of War on this station, but said they had no business with her, but if she had chased them they would have kept their Way."[4]

In 1720, she was rebuilt at the Deptford Dockyard as a sixth-rate 20 gun ship. She was finally sold to Deptford Dockyard in 1739.[1]


  1. ^ a b "HMS Scarborough 1691–1977". Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ Calendar of State Papers, Colonial series, America and West Indies, Jan. 1716–July 1717. London: HM Stationery Office. 1930. pp. 263–264. (484, 1 March 1717)
  3. ^ Earle, Peter (2005). The Pirate Wars. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780312335793.
  4. ^ David Moore. (1997) "A General History of Blackbeard the Pirate, the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Adventure". In Tributaries, Volume VII, 1997. pp. 33–34. (North Carolina Maritime History Council)

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