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BLANDFORD (24) 6th rate Built in 1741, Deptford.
Sold in 1763.

  • 1741 Capt. Robert YOUNG, promoted out of the SCIPIO fireship on 1 October the day BLANDFORD was launched. Men discharged from SCIPIO at Portsmouth were taken by tender to Deptford to be entered in to BLANDFORD.
  • 1743 Capt. Edward DODD, appointed on 25 January. At Lisbon in September 1744 he had to purchase a new main mast from David & Richard King, merchants, he requested new sails and cables to be sent from Deptford, but when these did not arrive in October he was forced to purchase them locally.
  • A manuscript dated June 1745 says, "His majesty's ship BLANDFORD has had the misfortune to fall in with a French squadron of seven sail between Lisbon and Gibraltar, and was sent into Brest. The captain was threatened with being hanged if he did not discover to the commodore whether there was any English squadron at sea. This he very bravely refused to comply with."
  • 1749 Capt. Edward PRATTEN was appointed to her in April or May.
  • 1751 Capt. William MARTIN.
  • 1755 Capt Richard WATKINS commissioned her in February.
    Off Brest on the night of 13 August BLANDFORD, on her way to South Carolina with Mr Littleton, the newly appointed governor of the settlement on board, fell in with du Guay's squadron returning from the West Indies. She could offer little resistance and was taken into Nantes. The French court immediately ordered her release. WATKINS was dismissed the service by a court martial at Antigua in 1757 for disobeying orders.
  • 1757 Capt. Penhallow CUMING.
  • 1758 Capt. John LENDRICK, advanced from commander of the SWALLOW sloop on 26 December. Early in the following spring he moved to BRILLIANT.
  • 1763 In November orders were received at Plymouth to prepare BLANDFORD for sale. She was advertised on the 13th. and on 20 December John Lloyd, Clerk of the Cheque at Plymouth, reported that he had received the full purchase money for BLANDFORD and her stores from Trefusis Lovell.
    Robert HOLMES, boatswain of BLANDFORD, and John DANBY, her carpenter were afterwards employed in Plymouth Dockyard.

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