HMS Blackwall (1696)
|Ordered:||12 September 1695|
|Builder:||Henry Johnson, Blackwall Yard|
|Launched:||6 July 1696|
|Captured:||20 October 1705, by the French|
|Acquired:||20 October 1705|
|Captured:||15 March 1708, by the British|
|Fate:||Captured again by French 1709|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||50-gun fourth rate ship of the line|
|Tons burthen:||678 long tons (688.9 t)|
|Length:||131 ft 1.5 in (40.0 m) (gundeck)|
|Beam:||34 ft 2.5 in (10.4 m)|
|Depth of hold:||13 ft 7.5 in (4.2 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full rigged ship|
|Complement:||230 (160 peacetime)|
54 guns in wartime (46 in peacetime) comprising|
LD: twenty-two 12-pounders:
UD twenty-two 6-pounders;
QD eight 6-pounders;
Fc two 6-pounders
In September 1705, whilst under the command of Captain Samuel Martin Blackwall, along with two smaller vessels, had been ordered to convoy some merchantmen to the Baltic. On 20 October, as Blackwall and her two consorts were convoying the return voyage, they encountered a superior French force. All the English ships were captured, Blackwall herself being taken by the French ship Protée. Both Captain Martin and the French commander were killed in the action.
Blackwall was commissioned into the French Navy under the name Blekoualle; she was recaptured on 15 March 1708 but was not taken back into service in the Royal Navy, the decision being taken to have her broken up instead.However, she was captured again by the French in 1709,, this time being named Blakoual, remaining in French service until disposed of in 1719.
- Lavery, Ships of the Line, vol. 1, p. 164.
- Ships of the Old Navy, Blackwall.
- Lavery, Brian (2003) The Ship of the Line - Volume 1: The development of the battlefleet 1650-1850. Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-252-8.
- Michael Phillips. Blackwall (48) (1696). Michael Phillips' Ships of the Old Navy. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
- Winfield, Rif (2009) British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603-1714: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates. Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-040-6.
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