Charming Jenny

Nominal Guns20HCA26
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorPrivate Owners
First Commissioned16.9.1757HCA26
Home PortDublin - Dublin HCA26
Ship TypeUnknownHCA26
Last known1757HCA26


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentHCA26
Burthen200Tons BM 


16.9.1757Broadside Weight UnknownHCA26
Gun Deck20 Carriage Guns


1757/09/16 - 1757 Smith and Knox HCA26

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
16.9.1757150 HCA26

1 Commanding Officer

16.9.1757 - 1757Captain (Privateer)George ScottHCA26

Notes on Ship

Letter of MarqueHCA26
HCA 26/8/55 1757 September 16

Commander: George Scott.

Ship: Charming Jenny.

Burden: 200 tons.

Crew: 150.

Owners: Messrs. Smith, Knox and Bryan of Dublin, merchants.

Lieutenant: Andrew Smith.

Gunner: Joseph Tomkins.

Boatswain: George Samson.

Carpenter: Thomas Trulock.

Surgeon: Simon Andrews.

Cook: Thomas Jones.

Armament: 20 carriage guns.

Folio: 56


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Posted by Laurence Daley on Monday 19th of August 2019 19:28

“Charming Jenny,” as in Robbie Burn's poem:"coming through the rye" was also the name of that sloop that one of the murderous wreckers was hung for in 1755, guessing somewhat wildly, one might suppose that the vessel was named after the owner’s wife. That “Charming Jenny” is likely the three-deck forty-gun 200 ton privateer of that name out of Dublin with a crew of about 200, since that city now Irish Republic’s capital is only about 73 miles, almost due west across the Irish sea from Anglesey. In this case this wreck must have been quite a prize for the wreckers, which would explain their murderous greed, and the reason why it was so important for the authorities to catch those criminals. Perhaps this ship's cannon are still beneath the sea.

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