HMS Sphinx (1748)

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History
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Name: HMS Sphinx
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 26 September 1747
Builder: John Allen, Rotherhithe
Laid down: November 1747
Launched: 10 December 1748
Completed: 6 February 1748 at Rotherhithe
Commissioned: September 1748
Fate: Sold 28 August 1770 to break up
General characteristics
Class and type: sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 520 5794 (bm)
Length:
  • 113 ft 8 in (34.65 m) (gundeck)
  • 93 ft 6 in (28.50 m) (keel)
Beam: 32 ft 4.25 in (9.8616 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 160 officers and men
Armament:
  • Lower deck: 2 x 9-pounder guns (aft)
  • Upper deck: 20 × 9-pounder guns
  • Quarterdeck: 2 × 3-pounder guns

HMS Sphinx was a 24-gun sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. The ship was built to the 1745 Establishment design drawn by the Surveyor of the Navy.

The ship was commissioned in September 1748 under Captain William Lloyd, and served in Nova Scotia until early 1750, before being refitted at Sheerness. She then moved to the Mediterranean, before returning to Home Waters in 1751, where she was briefly off Ireland. In late 1751, now under Captain Edward Wheeler, she was deployed to the African coast and thence to Jamaica. Returned to England, she was refitted at Deptford in 1755 and then recommissioned under Captain James Gambier for a fresh deployment to Jamaica. On December 3, 1755, the Sphinx brought a French merchant vessel she had captured into Kingston. She returned to England in late 1758 under Captain John Dalrymple to pay off into reserve, seeing no further service until she was sold for breaking up in 1770.

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