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BARFLEUR (90) 2nd rate Built in 1697, Deptford DY.
Rebuilt in 1716, Deptford.
Broken up in 1783.

  • 1702 Capt. WYVELL. In the Anglo-Dutch attack on French and Spanish ships in the port of Vigo in October 1702. BARFLEUR was sent to batter a fort on the right of the harbour while ASSOCIATION did the same to the fort on the left. They both came under heavy fire with shot piercing the hulls of both ships until troops entered the forts from the landward side. When the boom was cut and the allied fleet poured in, the French admiral set fire to his own ship and ordered his captains to do likewise. PROMPTE, ASSURE, ESPERANCE and FIRME and six galleons were taken by the English. BARFLEUR had her main mast shot away and two men killed and two wounded.
  • 1704 Capt. STUART. Flagship of Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Ad. of the White.
  • 1718 Capt. George SAUNDERS (1st.), Capt. Richard LESTOCK (2nd) Flagship of Ad. Sir George BYNG at the battle off Cape Passaro with the Spanish fleet under Vice Ad. Castaneta on 31 July 1718.
  • 1741 In ordinary at Chatham.
  • 1742 Capt. William ROWLEY. He sailed with Commodore LESTOCK's squadron to the Mediterranean to reinforce Adm. HADDOCK. He arrived at Port Mahon about the 1st. February, when Adm. HADDOCK resigned the command to the commodore, who was promoted to a flag in March. In May Vice Adm. MATHEWS arrived, and took command. The squadron was mainly employed watching the Spanish fleet at Toulon.
  • Barfleur. June 30th. 1742.
  • "We have been cruising off Toulon for six weeks, where the Spanish fleet lies. We go in so close to them as so to see their colours, with eight sail only, and they have thirty. We took on Easter Sunday, abreast of Toulon, seven sail, and since that twenty-four French, Spanish and Dutch, some of then of great value. One Dutchman mounted 26 guns, had three chests of money, and other valuable goods; and a Frenchman was laden with fine clothes for Don Philip, the rest with military stores for the Spanish camp."
  • From an officer on board.
  • On 7th. December 1743 Capt. ROWLEY was promoted to Rear Adm. of the White squadron, continuing in BARFLEUR as third in command of the Squadron.
  • 1744 Capt. Merrick de L'ANGLE, flagship of Rear Ad. William ROWLEY.
  • France declared war on 20th. March 1744 and England replied on the 29th.
  • Adm. MATHEWS, who was in Turin, was told that a French fleet had sailed from Brest heading for a junction with M. de COURT at Toulon, so he immediately left for Villa Franca and joined LESTOCK in Hieres bay on 3rd. January.
  • Late at night on the 20th. March 1743/4 a dispatch from Adm. MATHEWS in Port Mahon reached Whitehall.
  • 1755 Capt. John BENTLEY was appointed in June or July. At the close of the year he was one of the members of the court martial which tried Ad. Byng at Portsmouth. Some time before 1758 he removed to INVINCIBLE (74).
  • 1757 Capt. Samuel GRAVES.
  • 1773 Capt. Edward VERNON, Flagship of Vice Ad. Thomas PYE. In June the King reviewed the fleet at Spithead and on the evening of the 22nd knighted, amongst others, Vice Ad. PYE and Capt. VERNON.
  • Hulk from 1764.
  • In 1773 Vice Ad. of the White Sir Janes DOUGLASS was appointed Commander in Chief Portsmouth and hoisted his flag on board BARFLEUR for the usual period of three years.
  • 1781 Capt. John KNIGHT, Flagship of Rear Ad. Sir Samuel HOOD in the West Indies in April. Capt. Alexander HOOD in September.

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