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HMS Plymouth was a 60-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Devonport Dockyard (Devonport then known as Plymouth-Dock) to the 1706 Establishment of dimensions, and launched on 25 May 1708.[1]

History
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Name: HMS Plymouth
Builder: Lock, Devonport Dockyard (then called Plymouth-Dock)
Launched: 25 May 1708
Fate: Broken up, 1764
General characteristics as built[1]
Class and type: 1706 Establishment 60-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 922 (bm)
Length: 144 ft (43.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 38 ft (11.6 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft 8 in (4.8 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 60 guns:
  • Gundeck (GD): 24 × 24-pounder guns
  • Upper gundeck (UGD): 26 × 9-pounder guns
  • QD: 8 × 6-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 6-pounder guns
General characteristics after 1722 rebuild[2]
Class and type: 1719 Establishment 60-gun fourth rate ship of the line
Tons burthen: 954 (bm)
Length: 144 ft (43.9 m) (gundeck)
Beam: 39 ft (11.9 m)
Depth of hold: 16 ft 5 in (5.0 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament:
  • 60 guns:
  • GD: 24 × 24-pounder guns
  • UGD: 26 × 9-pounder guns
  • QD: 8 × 6-pounder guns
  • Fc: 2 × 6-pounder guns

Orders were issued on 26 May 1720 directing Plymouth to be taken to pieces and rebuilt according to the 1719 Establishment at Chatham, from where she was relaunched on 2 August 1722. Plymouth remained in service until she was broken up in 1764.[2]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p168.
  2. ^ a b Lavery, Ships of the Line vol.1, p170.

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.