HMS Winchelsea (1764)
|Ordered:||11 August 1761|
|Laid down:||29 March 1762|
|Launched:||31 May 1764|
|Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"|
|Fate:||Sold to be broken up November 1814|
|Class and type:||Niger-class fifth-rate frigate|
|Tons burthen:||679.7 bm|
|Length:||125 ft (38 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)|
|Depth of hold:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
HMS Winchelsea was a 32-gun fifth-rate Niger-class frigate of the Royal Navy, and was the sixth Royal Navy ship to bear this name (or its archaic form Winchelsey). She was ordered during the Seven Years' War, but completed too late for that conflict. She cost £11,515-18-0d to build.
HMS Winchelsea was brought into service in February 1769, under Captain Samuel Goodall and sailed for service to the Mediterranean. In December 1769 she struck rocks off Cádiz, Spain and was severely damaged. Refloated, she was taken in to Gibraltar for repairs. Command was passed to Captain Thomas Wilkinson in June 1771 with the ship remaining at her Mediterranean station.
She saw later service during the American War of Independence and thereafter until 1794, and was refitted as a troop ship at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1799-1800. Because Winchelsea served in the Navy's Egyptian campaign (8 March to 2 September 1801), her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorised in 1850 for all surviving claimants.[Note 1]
She became a convalescent ship at Sheerness in 1803, finally being sold there to be broken up in November 1814.
Notes, citations, and references
- 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.
- 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.
- Winfield, Rif (2007) British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714-1792. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6.