Cormorant -> 1783 Rattlesnake3701
Nominal Guns18BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
PreviouslyAmerican Privateer frigate 'Rattlesnake' (1780)
ShipyardPlymouth W027
ConstructorJohn PeckW027
Ship TypeShip-Sloop


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck89' 3"Imperial Feet27.1357
Length of Keel74' 11"Imperial Feet22.5616
Breadth22' 4"Imperial Feet6.7564
Depth in Hold8' 10 ½"Imperial Feet2.4511
Burthen198 7094Tons BM


1781/09Broadside Weight = 38.5 Imperial Pound ( 17.46 kg) BWAS-1714
Gun Deck18British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck10British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource


1781/091785/11CommanderJohn WelcomeBWAS-1714
1785/11/291786/06CommanderThomas HamiltonBWAS-1714

Service History

DateEvent Source
1781/07/28Purchased at Boston at a cost of £1096.16.11dBWAS-1714
1781/09Commissioned for the Irish SeaBWAS-1714
1781/11Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1782/02Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1782/05Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1782/07Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £2470.2.6dBWAS-1714
1783/08Renamed RattlesnakeBWAS-1714
1783/08Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1783/09Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £1104.16.2dBWAS-1714
1783/11/03Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1786/06Paid offBWAS-1714
1786/08/31Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
1786/10/10Sold at Deptford for £400BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W027 American War of Independence at SeaKen KellowWeb Site
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Posted by Vol Williams on Friday 17th of February 2017 01:27

I'm pretty sure this was the Massachusetts ship sloop privateer Rattlesnake built in Plymouth 1780, not 1773.

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