Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1776BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.7.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSphinx ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesFrench Sixth Rate ship 'L'Ariel' (1779) (26)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Length of Keel89' 5"Imperial Feet27.1413 
Breadth30' 3"Imperial Feet9.2202 
Depth in Hold9' 7 ½"Imperial Feet2.7559 
Burthen435 2394Tons BM 


7.7.1777Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1773140Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers

10.7.1777 - 1.2.1778CaptainJohn Jackson (c.1726-1778) ADM 6/21/298BWAS-17141.2.1778 - 25.9.1778CaptainThe Hon. Charles Phipps (1753-1786) ADM 6/21/506
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 1.2.1779
25.9.1778 - 10.9.1779CaptainThomas Mackenzie (1753-1813) ADM 6/22/149
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
Commission confirmed 7.7.1780

Service History

7.1776Began building at Blackwall - London BWAS-1714
7.7.1777Completed building at Blackwall - London at a cost of £4485.12.1dBWAS-1714
8.7.1777Began coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
8.1777Cruising in the North SeaBWAS-1714
12.8.1777Completed coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £3720.12.0dBWAS-1714
7.11.1777Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
28.8.1778Took the Brigantine Resistance (14)
21.10.1778Took the Sloop New Broom (14)
10.9.1779Taken by L'Amazone (32) off Georgia


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