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FAME (74) 3rd rate Built in 1759, Deptford.
Sold in 1814.

  • 1757 John Bird, who was contracted to build FAME, found that there was insufficient timber near London to continue with the building and he was obliged to contract for timber in Somerset. This was taken by land carriage to Lyme in Dorset where it was loaded on the brig GOOD INTENT, John Bull, master. Mr Bird complained to the Navy Board that off the North Forland Lieut. John REEVES of the SAVAGE sloop had impressed one James Pagen out of the brig, although he was under protection. FAME was due to be launched on 15 December 1758 but she was not ready and the launch was postponed until the next spring tide, She was eventually launched on 1 January 1759.
  • 1763 Capt. John LLOYD, in the Hamoaze, Plymouth.
  • 1763 15 May warrant to appoint John STEWART master.
  • 1766 Capt. John REYNOLDS, in the Hamoaze, Plymouth.
  • 1768 In February she was driven on rocks in Plymouth Sound and bilged, filling the lower gun-deck and the hold with water. The Victualling Office supplied casks which were used to raise her at low water. She was then buoyed and taken into the dockyard to be repaired. The master and a mate, together with seven seamen, remained on board and were rewarded with promotion.
  • 1782 Capt. G. WILSON, West Indies.
  • 1799 Renamed GUILDFORD, prison ship.

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