Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down20.12.1744BWAS-1714
First Commissioned26.7.1745BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorMoody JanverinBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 6 ⅜"Imperial Feet27.7463 
Length of Keel74' 7"Imperial Feet22.5997 
Breadth26' 3 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold12' 2 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen274 2294Tons BM 


1745Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1745110 BWAS-1714
1748125 BWAS-1714

13 Commanding Officers

26.7.1745 - 29.1.1747/48CommanderSamuel Scott (c.1718-1774) ADM 6/16/518BWAS-171429.1.1747/48 - 11.8.1748CommanderJames Campbell (c.1714-?) ADM 6/17/316BWAS-171426.8.1748 - 5.11.1752CommanderThomas Hankerson (c.1712-1780) ADM 6/17/377BWAS-17145.11.1752 - 7.10.1755CommanderJohn Hale (c.1718-1791) ADM 6/18/16BWAS-171417.8.1756 - 8.3.1757CommanderThomas Taylor (1721-1797) ADM 6/18/300BWAS-17148.3.1757 - 15.6.1757CommanderThe Hon. Robert Boyle (1736-1780) ADM 3/18/367ADM 6/1815.6.1757 - 3.8.1757CommanderWilliam Paston (1731-1774) ADM 6/18/410BWAS-17143.8.1757 - 18.10.1758CommanderGamaliel Nightingale (c.1732-1791) ADM 6/18/425BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 18.4.1759CommanderFrancis Burslem (1723-1801) ADM 6/18/549ADM 6/1818.4.1759 - 5.9.1759CommanderBasil Keith (c.1734-1777) ADM 6/19/58BWAS-17145.9.1759 - 11.4.1760CommanderPhilip Tufton Perceval (1740/41-1795) ADM 6/19/127
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775)
Commission confirmed 14.1.1760
11.4.1760 - 21.7.1760CommanderPhilip Tufton Perceval (1740/41-1795) ADM 6/19/157ADM 6/1924.7.1760 - 24.9.1762CommanderHenry Scott (c.1724-1762)† ADM 6/19/184BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

21.8.1745 - 11.8.1748LieutenantFrancis Swainston ADM 6/16/531ADM 6/1630.8.1748 - 28.2.1755LieutenantFrancis Swainston ADM 6/17/378ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer

1757 - 5.1757PurserAndrew RutherfordB103

Service History

20.12.1744Began building at Bursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
7.1745Commissioned for the Flemish coastBWAS-1714
5.8.1745Completed building at Bursledon - Hampshire at a cost of £2063.12.0dBWAS-1714
13.8.1745Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.10.1745Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1912.10.2dBWAS-1714

Paid off at Sheerness Dockyard

ADM 106
1.1751Sailed to look for a reported islandBWAS-1714
13.3.1752Ordered to build a sail room onboardBWAS-1714
1753In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
31.10.1755Surveyed at PlymouthBWAS-1714
3.1756Began small repair at Saltash - Cornwall BWAS-1714
8.1756Completed small repair at Saltash - Cornwall at a cost of £1635.2.2dBWAS-1714
10.1756fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1848.11.0dBWAS-1714
2.1757Took the Privateer Name Unknown (8)
24.2.1757Badger vs l'Escorte
24.2.1757Took the Corvette L'Escorte (14)
10.1758Off DunkirkBWAS-1714
17.7.1761Took the Privateer Le Loup (12) off DunkirkBG
24.9.1762Wrecked with the loss of all hands in the OrkneysBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
B103Battles of the British Navy Vol IJoseph AllenDigital Book
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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