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ELTHAM (44) 5th rate Built in 1736, Deptford.
Broken up in 1763.

  • 1736 Capt. Augustus FIZROY, appointed 2nd Nov. 1736 and continued until Oct. 1739 when he removed to the OXFORD.
  • 1739 Capt. Edward SMITH, promoted on 16 November. He was ordered in 1742 to Rio de Janeiro and then to the West Indies. From a letter from St. Kitts dated April 9 1742:-
  • Three Spanish Men of War, of 60, 40 and 30 Guns, with 2000 Land Forces and Stores on board, which sailed from San Sebastian in the beginning of February for the Havana, were attacked on the 1st. inst. by the ELTHAM, Capt. SMITH, of 40 guns, and the LIVELY, Capt. STEWART, of 20 guns, near the this island; the Spaniards stood only on the defensive, the Engagement, which was very sharp, began at 11 in the forenoon and ended at 7 at night. The ST. AUGUSTUS in company with these three, was shipwrecked March 20, on the island of Anagado, and 400 men out of 600 were drowned.
  • The three Spanish ships were forced to retire into Porto Rico in a very shattered condition.
  • 1743 Capt. Richard WATKINS, Soon afterwards the ELTHAM joined the squadron detached to attack La Guayra.
  • Damage received by Eltham. Forty-four shot through the hull, thirteen between wind and water; the main-sail shot in five places, the mizzen main-top through and through, the mizzen-yard cut in two; one shot in the bow-sprit; the booms, spare top-masts and fishes cut to pieces; some guns dismounted, three of which are quite unserviceable; fourteen men killed, fifty-five wounded.
  • (Capt. SMITH was rewarded by promotion to BURFORD, as successor to Capt. LUSHINGTON who fell in the encounter. He did not survive long, dying in Antigua on 16 April.)
  • At the beginning of August 1745 ELTHAM sailed for England with four mast-ships and 13 or 14 other ships under her convoy. Several of the French Officers taken in the VIGILANTE man of war were also going home in the ELTHAM.
  • 1747 Capt. Richard TIDDEMAN. Early in 1747 he sailed ELTHAM to the East Indies as one of three ships under the orders of Capt. H. HOWLET, to convoy the outward bound company ships and to reinforce the squadron in those seas.

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