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DIAMOND (50) 5th rate Built in 1708, Blackwall.
Sold in 1744.

  • 1708 Capt. George RAMSEY, appointed 11 October. On 12 December 1710 he was adjudged guilty by a court martial of ill treating his crew and fined six month's pay. Ten days later a second court martial he was fined another six month's pay for running away from the enemy.
  • 1710 Capt Toby LISLE who was promoted out of the SUCCESS storeship and ordered to the West Indies. During the following summer he captured many valuable ships before returning to England. In 1711, with the BEDFORD GALLEY and the EXPERIMENT, he escorted a convoy to Lisbon, accompanying Sir Hovenden WALKER, and his unfortunate expedition against Quebec, a hundred leagues to the westward of Scilly before parting company.
  • 1717 Capt. Thomas JACOBS. She was ordered to be equipped for the Baltic, but was not ready when Sir George BYNG's fleet sailed on 20 March.
  • 172? Capt. James WINDHAM. He was ordered to the West Indies and died in the Bay of Honduras on 3 January 1725.
  • 1725 Capt. Sir Yelverton PEYTON, who had succeeded to the baronetage on the death of his cousin in 1721, was appointed captain on 22 March 1725 and ordered to the West Indies under Vice Ad. HOPSON, where he was promoted to command the DUNKIRK.
  • 1726 Capt. Charles COTTERELL, succeeded Capt. PEYTON on 29 June 1726.
  • 1727 Capt. Henry ANNESLEY, 2 June. He is said to have died in DIAMOND in the West Indies.
  • 1731 Capt. George ANSON. DIAMOND was one of the vessels intended to be sent to the Mediterranean with Sir Charles WAGER, but did not actually sail.
  • 1733 Capt. Richard HERBERT, appointed on 20th. November and ordered to the coast of Africa.
  • 1737 Capt Charles Knowles, appointed 4 February. In 1739 he was ordered to the West Indies to reinforce Adm. VERNON.
  • 1739 Report from Williamsburg, January 18th.
  • A Sloop is arriv'd at Hampton from Jamaica, the Captain of which brings an Account. That the Diamond Man of War had taken a 20 gun Spanish Man of War, with a Brigantine under her Convoy, as they were going to Porto Bello. He says he saw them at Jamaica, and that the Brigantine had 200,000 Pounds on Board."
  • Capt. KNOWLES was employed in destroying the fortifications at Porto Bello after its capture on 22 November. DIAMOND was completing a refit at Jamaica when Adm. VERNON sailed to bombard Carthagena on 25 February 1740 and Capt. KNOWLES was unable to join him until 13 March when he was ordered on board the SUCCESS fireship to reconnoitre the entrance to the river Chagre and decide how the fort St. Lorenzo, which defended it, might best be reduced. When Capt. KNOWLES was placed in command of the fire ships and bomb ketches he made his dispositions for the assault. Bombs ALDERNEY, TERRIBLE, and CUMBERLAND were accompanied by the tenders POMPEY and GOODLY, and there were two fireships, SUCCESS (10), and ELEANOR (10). They were covered by DIAMOND when the bombardment began in the evening of 22 March and during the night they were joined by STRAFFORD (60); PRINCESS LOUISA (60), and FALMOUTH. On the 24th. the castle surrendered, and Capt. KNOWLES was appointed governor with five lieutenants and and 120 men. Valuable goods destined to be loaded on Spanish galleons were found in the Custom House and they were loaded into British ships without delay. The castle was demolished on the 29th. and the whole force sailed for Porto Bello. A merchant vessel, NUESTRA SENORA de GUADELOUPE was carried into Jamaica in October. DIAMOND returned to England at the end of the year and Capt. KNOWLES was promoted to WEYMOUTH (60), under orders to return to the West Indies under Sir Chaloner OGLE.

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