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HMS Griffin (1758)

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Name  HMS Griffin
Laid down  June 1757
Construction started  June 1757
Ordered  6 May 1757
Commissioned  October 1758
Launched  18 October 1758
Builder  Moody Janverin, Bursledon
Completed  13 March 1759 at Portsmouth Dockyard

HMS Griffin was a 28-gun Coventry-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy.


Griffin was an oak-built 28-gun sixth-rate, one of 18 vessels forming part of the Coventry-class of frigates. As with others in her class she was loosely modeled on the design and dimensions of HMS Tartar, launched in 1756 and responsible for capturing five French privateers in her first twelve months at sea. Admiralty contracts for Griffin's construction were issued to commercial shipwright Moody Janverin of Bursledon on 16 May 1757, with a stipulation that work be completed within twelve months. Her keel was laid down in June 1757 but work proceeded slowly and the vessel was not launched until 18 October 1758. On 26 October she was sailed to the Royal Navy dockyard at Portsmouth where she was armed and supplied for service at sea.

As built, Griffin was 118 ft 4.5 in (36.1 m) long with a 97 ft 7 in (29.7 m) keel, a beam of 33 ft 11 in (10.34 m), and measuring 5985294 tonnes burthen. Her armament comprised 24 nine-pounder cannons located along her gun deck, supported by four three-pounder cannons on the quarterdeck and twelve 12-pounder swivel guns ranged along her sides. Her crewing complement was 200 officers and men.


HMS Griffin (1758) Wikipedia

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