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MAIDSTONE (28) 6th rate Built in 1758, Rochester.
Broken up in 1794.

  • 1759 Capt. Dudley DIGGES, one of a light squadron under Commodore DUFF, which was employed in watching the motions of the French fleet in Brest., the French Admiral was actually in chace of Mr DUFF when the appearance of Sir Edward HAWKE put a stop to their pursuit. About September 1761 Capt. DIGGES was promoted to the DEPTFORD.
  • 1761 Capt. Weston VARLO, moved from the RYE to the MAIDSTONE frigate, and continued as a cruiser until the end of the war.
  • 1778 Capt. Alan GARDNER, about 60 leagues to the eastward of Cape Henry, fell in with a large French ship which he compelled to strike. She proved to be the LION, of 40 guns and 216 men, eight of whom were killed and 18 wounded; she was on passage from Virginia, bound to L'Orient, laden with tobacco. MAIDSTONE had four men killed and nine wounded, one of them mortally. When the LYON struck she had four feet of water in the hold. The MAIDSTONE did not reach English Harbour in Antigua until 22nd of December, nearly seven weeks after the action. Capt. GARDNER was soon after promoted to command the SULTAN (74), as a successor to Capt. WHEELOCK who had died just before.

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