HMS Romney1

F, #17294, b. between 1 October 1659 and 4 September 1762
Romney Engages Sybille 1794

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Last Edited16/08/2015
ShipConstruction*HMS Romney was constructed between 1 October 1659 and 4 September 1762 Woolwich Dockyard, Woolwich Dockyard, River Thames, England.3 
(Ship) Occupation On 8 November 1801 William Robertson was appointed Acting Purser of HMS Romney by Sir Home Riggs Popham Red Sea, , following the injury of the Purser. His appointment read as follows: "By Sir Home Popham K.M. Captain of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Red Sea.
Whereas Mr. T.R. Spearman, Purser of His Majesty's Ship under my command is very much burnt occasioned by an explosion of gunpowder and obliged to be to sick quarters in Calcutta for the cure thereof, I have thought proper to appoint to act as Purser of the said ship during his absence; requiring you forthwith to take upon you the employment of Purser in her accordingly, and to be obedient to such commands as you shall from time to time receive from me or any other superior offices; to hold the same employment until further order and for doing so this shall be your authority.
To Mr. William Robertson hereby appointed to act as Purser of His Majesty's ship Romney during the absence of Mr. T.R. Spearman, Purser of the said ship.
Given under my hand on board His Majesty's ship Romney in Sanger Roads this 8th day of December 1801.
(Sgd) Home Popham."4,5 


  1. [S428] Website Wikipedia ( "HMS Romney was a 50-gun fourth rate of the Royal Navy. She served during the American War of Independence, and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in a career that spanned forty years.
    Launched in 1762, the Romney spent most of her early career in North American waters, serving on the Newfoundland station, often as the flagship of the commander-in-chief.; last accessed 16 August 2015."
  2. [S654] Mansell Upham 'What can't be cured, must be endured … Cape of Good Hope - first marriages & baptisms (1652-1665)', First Fifty Years, Uprooted Lives - Unfurling the Cape of Good Hope's Earliest Colonial Inhabitants (1652-1713), (, January 2012.
  3. [S428] Website Wikipedia ( "HMS Romney was built to a unique design by Sir Thomas Slade, which was based on William Bately's plans for HMS Warwick, but altered to make the ship shorter. She was ordered from Woolwich Dockyard on 20 July 1759, and laid down there on 1 October 1759. Built by Master Shipwright Israel Pownoll, she was launched on 8 July 1762, and completed by Joseph Harris by 4 September 1762. She was given the name Romney in November 1760.; last accessed 16 August 2015."
  4. [S514] Sir Home Popham and others, "Sir Home Popham Collection" (Manuscript, National Library, Cape Town, 1801-1806). Hereinafter cited as "Popham Collection."
  5. [S4] Information supplied by George Alfred Robertson to Delia Robertson, 1997.

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