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DEFIANCE (60) 4th rate Built in 1744, Deptford.
Sold in 1766.

  • 1741 Jamaica.
  • 1745 Capt. Lord FORRESTER. Unhappily he contracted a habit of intemperance which led him into several breaches of duty. A court martial, presided over by Mr GRIFFIN, on board TILBURY at Portsmouth on 28 March 1746, sentenced him to be dismissed the service. He died on 26th. July 1748.
  • 1746 Capt. Charles POWLETT, in April he sent into Plymouth a French man of war, called the AMBUSCADE; the engagement was on the 21st., and lasted two hours, in which the AMBUSCADE had 26 men kill'd and wounded; and the DEFIANCE had only one man kill'd and three wounded. She is a new ship, and longer by the keel, and as broad on the deck as the DEFIANCE.
  • 1751 Capt. Robert HUGHES.
  • 1755 Capt. Thomas ANDREWS. He was appointed to DEFIANCE at Plymouth where she was being fitted out in prospect of war with France. The following year she was ordered to the Mediterranean with Mr BYNG. Off Port Mahon DEFIANCE captured a French Tartan she had been sent in chase of. The prize had four officers and 152 privates, part of the French army under the Duc de Richlion. In the subsequent fleet encounter DEFIANCE was exposed to the hottest fire and lost 14 men killed and 49 wounded, one third of the loss sustained by the fleet. Capt ANDREWS was among those killed on 20 May 1756.

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