John Randall


NationalityBritish 
RolesDesigner, Ship Builder 
Date of Birth1755 - UnknownCSORN
First Known Service1755CSORN
FatherJohn Randall (d.1776)ODNB
Last Known Service8.1802CSORN
Date of Death23.8.1802 - Great Cumberland Street, Deptford - London CSORN
Cause of DeathFeverCSORN

Related Ship Yards


FromToPositionYardSource
17761802OwnerCuckolds Point - Rotherhithe ref:653

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
10.3.1777 Launched Lynx (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
26.3.1777 Launched Chameleon (14) - 14 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey  
26.3.1777 Launched Cameleon (14) - 14 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
29.1.1778 Launched Actaeon (44) - 44 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
13.5.1778 Launched Jupiter (50) - 50 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
10.8.1778 Launched Resource (28) - 28 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
9.10.1778 Launched Lucifer (8) - 8 gun Fireship at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
4.3.1779 Launched Serapis (44) - 44 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
18.5.1779 Launched Thunder (8) - 8 gun Bomb Vessel at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
2.6.1779 Launched Terror (8) - 8 gun Bomb Vessel at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
15.7.1779 Launched Cerberus (32) - 32 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
22.3.1780 Launched Fortitude (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
20.4.1780 Launched Assurance (44) - 44 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
10.4.1781 Launched Perseverance (36) - 36 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
8.6.1781 Launched Sceptre (64) - 64 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey  
30.3.1782 Launched Ganges (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
23.9.1782 Launched Thetis (38) - 38 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
16.6.1783 Launched Culloden (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
12.9.1783 Launched Leda (36) - 36 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
10.12.1783 Launched Defiance (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
29.10.1784 Launched Expedition (44) - 44 gun Ship at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
12.7.1785 Launched Ramillies (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
23.7.1785 Launched Audacious (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
11.1789 Launched Discovery (10) - 10 gun Discovery Vessel at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
1.10.1792 Launched Bombay Castle - Unknown gun East Indiaman at London - Thames W024
8.10.1793 Launched Alert (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
19.11.1793 Launched Albacore (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
2.1.1794 Launched Cormorant (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
1.2.1794 Launched Favorite (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Cuckolds Point - Rotherhithe BWAS-1793
3.3.1794 Launched Diana (38) - 38 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
17.5.1794 Launched Borer (12) - 12 gun Gun-brig at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
17.5.1794 Launched Plumper (12) - 12 gun Gun-brig at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
17.6.1795 Launched Caroline (36) - 36 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
16.7.1795 Launched Curlew (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
14.10.1795 Launched Chameleon (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey  
14.10.1795 Launched Racoon (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
14.10.1795 Launched Cameleon (16) - 16 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
23.4.1796 Launched Monmouth (64) - 64 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
29.1.1797 Launched Lancaster (64) - 64 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
29.3.1797 Launched Endymion (44) - 44 gun Frigate at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
4.1797 Launched Gunboat No. 6 (14) - 14 gun Gunboat at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
4.1797 Launched Gunboat No. 7 (14) - 14 gun Gunboat at Deptford - London BWAS-1793
10.4.1797 Launched Gunboat No. 5 (14) - 14 gun Gunboat at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
10.4.1797 Launched Gunboat No. 4 (14) - 14 gun Gunboat at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
3.3.1798 Launched Ajax (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
30.12.1800 Launched Advice (6) - 6 gun Schooner at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
30.12.1800 Launched Express (6) - 6 gun Schooner at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
2.4.1801 Launched Basilisk (12) - 12 gun Gun-brig at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
2.4.1801 Launched Bloodhound (12) - 12 gun Gun-brig at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
2.4.1801 Launched Censor (12) - 12 gun Sloop at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
15.6.1801 Launched Ann (16) - 16 gun East Indiaman at Cuckolds Point - Rotherhithe W1812P
3.9.1803 Launched Illustrious (74) - 74 gun Ship of the Line at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793

Notes on Officer


Biographyref:1059

RANDALL, JOHN (1755–1802), shipbuilder, was son of John Randall, shipbuilder, of Rotherhithe. He received a liberal education, and on the death of his father, about 1776, successfully continued the shipbuilding business under his own management. He applied himself at the same time to the study of mathematics, in which, as well as in the principles and details of naval construction, he attained proficiency. In addition to the large number of ships which he built for the mercantile marine and for the East India Company, he built upwards of fifty for the government, including several 74-gun ships and large frigates—among them the Audacious, Ramillies, and Culloden, which were specially celebrated in the war of the French revolution. In the more theoretical part of his profession, he collected materials for a treatise on naval architecture, but on the publication of some French works he abandoned the design. He took a prominent part in founding the Society of Naval Architects. At the same time he maintained his youthful interest in literature and music.

During the revolutionary war shipwrights' wages had been largely increased, and when, with the peace, the pressure of work ceased, and Randall lowered them to the former standard, his men went out on strike. The admiralty permitted him to engage workmen from the Deptford dockyard, and offered to send a military force to protect them. Randall declined the offer, believing that his personal authority with the men on strike would be sufficient. But the Deptford men were forcibly prevented from working in his yard; and, in attempting to quell the riot, he was slightly wounded. His mortification at the action of his men, whom he had treated liberally, brought on a fever, of which he died, at his house in Great Cumberland Street, Hyde Park, on 23 Aug. 1802. He left a widow and family.



Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ref:653A Rotherhithe BlogAndie ByrnesWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W024East India Company ShipsUnknownWeb Site
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
W1812PWar of 1812: PrivateersMichael DunWeb Site
ref:1059Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 Digital Book

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