Nominal Guns14
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Ship TypeGun-brig
Sunk in Action1804/03/21


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck98' 0"Imperial Feet29.8704
Length of Keel71' 0"Imperial Feet21.6408
Breadth27' 6"Imperial Feet8.2514
Burthen286Tons BM


1798/03Broadside Weight = 126 Imperial Pound ( 57.141 kg) BWAS-1793
Quarterdeck4British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2British 12-Pound Carronade
Pivot Mount6British 24-Pound Carronade
Pivot Mount2British 18-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource


1798/021798/06LieutenantDonald M'DougallBWAS-1793
1798/061798CommanderLewis MortlockBWAS-1793
17991800CommanderWilliam BoltonBWAS-1793
1800/071802/04/29CommanderJohn WightBWAS-1793
1803/111804/03/21CommanderHenry GordonBWAS-1793

Commissioned Officers

1799/11/181800/03/17LieutenantSamuel BurgessNBD1849

Service History

DateEvent Source
1798/03/31Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
1798/04Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
1798/05coppering at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1793
1798/05/14Operations against Ostend 
1799/09/12Took the Unrated Brig-Sloop Gier off Texel 
1799/09/15Took the Sixth Rate Frigate Dolfijn in the Vlie 
1802/04Paid offBWAS-1793

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1798/05/141798/05/20Raid on OstendHome Riggs Popham

Notes on Ship

Former mercantile collier Rattler


BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 31st of December 2016 10:30

19 Aug 1800 Sloop Wolverine Commander John Wight at St. Marcouf, This morning, having been informed by Captain Price, that some part of the enemy's convoy, consisting of two large sloops, were attempting to make their escape from the mouth of the river Isigny, and proceeding along shore to the eastward, giving chase, with the Sparkler12 and Force gun-brigs. The enemy could not escape, run themselves on shore in the bay of Grand Camp, commanded on both sides of the entrance by heavy batteries, which I attacked for near an hour, and was ably assisted by Lieut. Stephens, of the Sparkler, and Lieut. Tokeley, of the Force, covering Lieut. Gregory of the Wolverene, with the cutter and jolly-boat with a party of Marines, who gallantly boarded the largest vessel under the fire of three field pieces, and near 200 men with musquetry, within half pistol-shot of the shore, and set her on fire and otherwise disabled her. The other was so completely shot through as to stop her further proceedings. I am happy to have it in my power to inform their Lordships, that neither the vessels, or men suffered any thing, excepting three of the Wolverene's, who were a good deal burnt on board the sloop by an explosion of gunpowder. The enemy lost four men killed on the beach. I am, Sir, &c. John Wight.
11 Sep 1800 Portsmouth, arrived the Champion, with dispatches from Marcouf (off Cape la Hogue). On Tuesday last, in company with the Dolphin cutter, and Sparkler and Bouncer gun-brigs, drove on shore and destroyed two sloops, laden with barilla.
15 Sep 1800 off St. Marcouf, with cover provided by the Sparkler against a shore battery, the ship's boats, captured the 60 foot French lugger privateer Victoire 4 miles of the West Island, Joseph Silk, wounded by a musquet-ball in the shoulder, being the only casualty, apart from a few shot through the Sparkler's sails.

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