Basilisk

3246
Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered21.9.1758BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down2.10.1758BWAS-1714
Named13.2.1759BWAS-1714
Launched10.2.1759BWAS-1714
First Commissioned9.3.1759
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassInfernal Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam WellsBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel
Captured29.10.1762BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 7"Imperial Feet27.9146 
Length of Keel74' 4 ⅜"Imperial Feet22.5647 
Breadth27' 8"Imperial Feet8.2586 
Depth in Hold12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen301 8394Tons BM 

Armament


10.2.1759Broadside Weight = 27.5 Imperial Pound ( 12.4716 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
11.175660Design Complement

2 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.3.1759 - 26.5.1761CommanderJohn Clerke (d.1775) ADM 6/19/42BWAS-171419.4.1762 - 29.10.1762CommanderWilliam Lowfield (c.1723-1762)† ADM 6/20/58
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (1719-1792)
Commission confirmed 8.11.1764
BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
2.10.1758Began building at Deptford BWAS-1714
10.2.1759Completed building at Deptford at a cost of £3757.14.6dBWAS-1714
10.2.1759Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.4.1759Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2194.11.2dBWAS-1714
3.7.1759Bombardment of Le Havre
4.1760fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £585.16.2dBWAS-1714
19.6.1760Took the Privateer Sloop La Hardie (2) BG
25.8.1760Took the Privateer Lugger La Catherina within 2 miles of the Lizard Point and sent into FalmouthBG
6.1761fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £732.5.10dBWAS-1714
7.1.1762Operations against Martinique
6.6.1762Operations against Havanna
29.10.1762Taken by L'Audacieuse (26) off Nantucket


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
 

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