Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1777BWAS-1714
First Commissioned1.10.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLadd's Shipbuilders - Dover BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAlert ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor Henry Ladd (d.1790)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck69' 2 ½"Imperial Feet21.0439 
Length of Keel51' 2 ½"Imperial Feet15.5575 
Breadth25' 11"Imperial Feet7.6251 
Depth in Hold10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Burthen182 9094Tons BM 


24.6.1777Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

2.1778Broadside Weight = 39 Imperial Pound ( 17.6868 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck12 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
14.12.177660Design Complement
2.177880 BWAS-1714

3 Ship Commanders

1.10.1777 - 15.4.1778Commander John Bazely (1741-1809) ADM 6/21/318BWAS-171415.4.1778 - 13.5.1778Lieutenant William George Fairfax (1739-1813)BWAS-171413.5.1778 - 17.7.1778Commander William George Fairfax (1739-1813) ADM 6/21/404BWAS-1714

Service History

24.6.1777building at Dover - New Hampshire at a cost of £1391.18.5dBWAS-1714
25.8.1777fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1409.0.2dBWAS-1714
19.9.1777Alert vs Lexington
1.10.1777Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated UnknownWWNH
2.1778refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £197.3.0dBWAS-1714
17.6.1778Alert vs Coureur
17.6.1778Took the Lugger Le Coureur (14)
17.7.1778Taken by La Junon (32) off Ushant


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