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HMS Blandford (1741)

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Comment: Winfield refers to a 1741 HMS Blandford - which appears to be the subject of the article.Nigel Ish (talk) 20:51, 18 September 2023 (UTC)

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Great Britain
Name: HMS Blandford
Ordered: 27 December 1740
Builder: Thomas West, Deptford Dyd
Cost: £3,717.7.6d
Launched: 2 October 1741
Completed: 8 December 1741
Out of service: Sold at Plymouth, 20 December 1763
General characteristics
Class and type: Modified 1733 Establishment Group 6th rate frigate
Tons burthen: 4546894 (bm)
  • 109 ft 0 in (33.2 m) (overall)
  • 89 ft 8.25 in (27.3 m) (keel)
Beam: 30 ft 10.5 in (9.4 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft 1.5 in (3.1 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Full Rigged Ship
Complement: 140
  • 24 guns:
  • Upper Deck: 20 x 9-pdrs
  • Lower Deck: 2 x 9-pdrs
  • Quater Deck: 3 x 3-pdrs

HMS Blandford was a 24 gun sixth-rate frigate first commissioned under Captain Robert Young in October 1741. She was one of the two modified 1733 Establishment Group sixth rates built, along with HMS Greyhound. She served through the Seven Years' War but did not see any fleet actions.


HMS Blandford cruising under Captain Edward Dodd took three French privateers, Le Saint-Pierre 28 October 1746, Le Brave 24 January 1747 and Le Piquenot 27 February 1748. On 25 March 1757 the ship under Commander Penhallow Cuming took privateer Le Triomphant.

The ship was taken by a French Squadron while sailing for the Leeward Islands on 13 August 1755 as a result of the French and Indian War. This was done in retaliation for Edward Boscawen’s Action of 8 June 1755 where French warships were seized. She was released released 20 September 1755.[1] [2]

Étoile du Roy[edit]

Painting of Grand Turk entering the harbour of Ostend, Belgium (Yasmina, 2008)

The Étoile du Roy formerly the Grand Turk was constructed as a replica Frigate for the ITV series Hornblower where she stands in for HMS Indefatigable. She is a copy of HMS Blandford.[3]


  1. "British Sixth Rate ship 'Blandford' (1741)". Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  2. Winfield, Rif (2007). British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792. Seaforth Publishing. p. 253. ISBN 9781844157006. Search this book on
  3. "Etoile du Roy, a replica of a privateer ship recreated for the small screen". 15 July 2022. Retrieved 17 September 2023.

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