Bittern

3310
Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered24.1.1795BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down6.1795BWAS-1793
Named13.10.1795BWAS-1793
Launched7.4.1796BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBuckler's Hard BWAS-1793
Ship ClassBittern Class
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorBalthazar Adams (1766-1821)BWAS-1793
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold30.8.1833BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck110' 2 ½"Imperial Feet33.5407 
Length of Keel90' 10 ⅝"Imperial Feet27.4479 
Breadth29' 6 ¾"Imperial Feet8.8583 
Depth in Hold8' 6"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Forward8' 9"Imperial Feet2.667 
Draught Aft12' 3"Imperial Feet3.6957 
Burthen422 4694Tons BM 

Armament


7.4.1796Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1794121Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.1796 - 10.1797CommanderThomas Lavie (d.1823)BWAS-179321.9.1797 - 1801CommanderEdward KittoeBWAS-17939.1802 - 1.1805CommanderRobert Corbet (d.1810)BWAS-17937.1805 - 1.1806CommanderJohn Louis (1785-1863)BWAS-17931.1806 - 1808CommanderEdward Augustus DownBWAS-17931808CommanderThomas Ussher (1779-1848)BWAS-17937.1812 - 12.1815CommanderGeorge Augustus HireBWAS-1793

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.11.1805 - 2.3.1808LieutenantGeorge Bague (d.1856)NBD184923.7.1812 - 2.11.1812LieutenantFlowers Beckett (1779-?)NBD184911.1824 - 12.1825LieutenantMichael DwyerBWAS-179312.1825 - 2.1828LieutenantRobert RochfortBWAS-1793

Service History


DateEventSource
6.1795Began building at Buckler's Hard BWAS-1793
7.4.1796Completed building at Buckler's Hard at a cost of £5404.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.4.1796Began fitting at Buckler's Hard BWAS-1793
2.7.1796Completed fitting at Buckler's Hard at a cost of £7264.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.3.1797Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
15.3.1797Took the Privateer La Casca (6) off Barbados and sent into Barbados.BG
13.9.1797Took the Privateer Ship L'Agréable (18) off Tortola
8.9.1798Took the Privateer Brig Le Dix Août (12) off Marie GalantTNC
6.1800Returned homeBWAS-1793
1.1803Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
10.9.1803Took the Privateer La Caille (6) in the Mediterranean
28.4.1804Took the Privateer Brig L'Hirondelle (14) in the Mediterranean
1812In Ordinary at PlymouthBWAS-1793
12.1815Laid up at PlymouthBWAS-1793
7.1824Refitted as a Unrated Tender
7.1824Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
12.1824Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £4120.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.1828Laid up at PlymouthBWAS-1793
30.8.1833Sold to Tibbett & Spence for £1,930BWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 1st of June 2012 21:50

NB George Bague end date before start date

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