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BRIDGEWATER (24) 6th rate Built in 1744, Southampton.
Burnt 1758.

  • 1744 Capt. John HARDY, he was promoted out of VULTURE on 17 October. In January 1745 he was promoted into TORRINGTON (44).
  • 1745 Capt. Edward RICH was promoted out of the sloop BALTIMORE on 28 January.
  • 1745 Capt. Lord George GRAHAM.
    A letter from Ostend in June:
    Yesterday Lord George Graham, in his majesty's ship the Bridgewater, of 24 guns; Captain Gordon in the Sheerness, of 24 guns; and lieutenant Ferguson, in the Ursula armed tender of 16 guns, anchored in sight of this town. This morning, about half past one, the town was alarmed by firing which arose from the three above-mentioned ships being engaged with three Dunkirk privateers, the Royal of 28 guns; the Duchess de Penthievre of 26 guns; a dogger of 12 guns, and seven prizes which they had taken and were carrying to Dunkirk.
    The fight as obstinate till about four o'clock, when the four large prizes three of them Virginia ships, struck to the Sheerness; the two large privateers to the Bridgewater,two Bremeners and a Scotch brig to the Ursula; but the dogger privateer made her escape. The Bridgewater, Sheerness, two large privateers, and four large prizes struck the ground, but were all got off the following tide, except one of the privateers.
  • 1745 Capt. Thomas STANHOPE was appointed on 12 July. The story being that Capt RICH had "run away" from his ship.
  • 1745 Capt. BALFOUR.
  • 1756 Capt. Robert BOLLARD, Downs in November.

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