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BUCKINGHAM (70) 3rd rate Built in 1751, Deptford.
Lost in 1778.

  • 1755 Capt. Michael EVERITT.
    BUCKINGHAM was put in commission at Chatham when war with France threatened and she was one of the ships in the strong squadron under Sir Edward HAWKE assembled at St. Helen's in July 1755, Capt. EVERITT being Rear Ad. Temple WEST's flag captain. They sailed in hopes of intercepting a French squadron returning from the Leeward Is. but the French got safely into Brest. In April 1756 she was sent to the Mediterranean as as second in command of the squadron under Ad. BYNG. Although the admiral was in a subordinate capacity, he was still placed under arrest and sent home prisoner with Adm. BYNG in ANTELOPE. Although received as a hero and appointed a Commissioner of the Navy, Rear Adm. WEST was thrown into a melancholy by the fate of the admiral and died on 9 August 1757. Both he and Capt. EVERITT were shown to have behaved with great gallantry. He quitted BUCKINGHAM at the end of 1756 when she returned to England and was appointed to the UNION (90).
  • 1757 Capt Richard TYRREL. He was ordered to the West Indies and in 1758, in company with CAMBRIDGE, destroyed, without loss to themselves, a small fort in Grand Anse Bay, Martinique. Three of four privateers that lay in its protection were destroyed, the fourth being carried to sea with them as a tender. In November Capt. TYRRRAL distinguished himself in an encounter with the French FLORISSANT (74), and two large French frigates. It was stated by Smollet that the number of slain on board FLORISSANT was greater than 180, and that her wounded exceeded 300. She was so disabled in her hull that she only just reached Martinique, the largest frigate lost 40 men and was so damaged as to be unserviceable for some time.
  • He returned to England in March 1759 with dispatches from Commodore MOORE containing an account of the attack on Martinique in January and the more successful one on Guadeloupe. He was appointed to FOUDROYANT (80), in August.
    (Rear Ad. Richard TYRREL died aged 50 on board his flagship, PRINCESS LOUISA, on 2 June 1766 and his body, at his own desire was thrown into the sea. There is a magnificent memorial in Westminster Abbey.)
  • 1761 Capt. Peter PARKER, who spent most of the summer covering the newly acquired island of Belleisle.
  • He continued in command until 1762 when BUCKINGHAM was found to in bad repair.
  • Renamed GRAMPUS, storeship, in April 1777.

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