III. The Crown: Introductory note

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The Barrington Papers, Vol. 77. Originally published by Navy Record Society, London, 1937.

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On April 5th, 1753, Captain Barrington assumed command of H.M.S. Crown. He was to make a report on the forts on the West Coast of Africa which had been vested in the new Africa Company which Parliament had just reconstructed by 25 George II, cap. 40. Attached to the Act of Parliament was a survey made in 1749 by Captain Thomas Pye of H.M.S. Humber.

The Crown sailed from Spithead on July 27th and, after calling in at Funchal and Porto Praya, arrived in the River Gambia on October 4th, 1753. His report on the forts completed, Barrington proceeded to the West Indies; the Crown sailed from Cape Coast Castle on January 27th, 1754, and arrived in Carlisle Bay, Barbadoes, on March 12th. Having replenished, the Crown was ordered by Commodore Thomas Pye to Port Royal, Jamaica, for caulking and repair of running rigging and sails. From Jamaica her return was delayed by Commodore Thomas Cotes at the request of the merchants who petitioned for her being stayed to carry to England the specie expected from Porto Bello in the snow Wallington (John Schaife, Master). The Crown was delayed till the Wallington was ten weeks overdue, when Cotes gave Barrington sailing orders for Spithead.

The Crown reached Spithead on July 10th, 1754. Barrington was ordered to Woolwich, to turn over his ship's company to the Winchester; on his way round, however, these orders were changed and he was ordered to Chatham, to turn over to the Norwich.