Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
First Commissioned1798/08
Ship TypeShip-Sloop


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck103' 1"Imperial Feet31.4029
Length of Keel85' 5"Imperial Feet25.9334
Breadth27' 8"Imperial Feet8.2586
Depth in Hold13' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.9751
Draught Forward12' 3"Imperial Feet3.6957
Draught Aft13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793
Burthen347 7094Tons BM


1798/08Broadside Weight = 54 Imperial Pound ( 24.489 kg) BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource


1798/081801/02/03CommanderHenry VansittartBWAS-1793
1801/08/101801/10/25CommanderThomas NewBWAS-1793

Service History

DateEvent Source
1798/07/11Arrived at DeptfordBWAS-1793
1798/07/11Registered and establishedBWAS-1793
1798/08fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £940.0.0dBWAS-1793
1799/01Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1799/04Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1799/06/08Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
1800/04Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
1800/06Destroyed the Nuestra Señora del Carmen BWAS-1793
1801/10/25Wrecked on the Jardines del Rey, off CubaBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 30th of December 2016 20:06

12 Jan 1802 a Court Martial was held on board the Cumberland, Captain Bayntum, in Port Royal, Jamaica, to try Thomas New, Esq. late Commander of HM late sloop Bonetta, and such of the Officers and Crew as were at Port Royal, for having ran the said sloop Bonetta on a shoal near the east end of the Jardines, P.M. on the 25 Oct last, where she bilged and overset ; and having examined the conduct of Captain New, and of such of the Officers and Crew of his Majesty's late sloop Bonetta as were at that port, and very maturely and deliberately considered the whole of the evidence and information produced, the Court is of opinion that no blame is to be attached to Captain New, the Officers and Crew, except Lieutenant Goakman, who had the charge of the watch at the time the ship run aground. And that it appears that Captain New, the Officers and Crew, did their utmost to save his Majesty's late sloop Bonetta and her stores after she was run on the shoals called the Jardines. The Court doth therefore adjudge that the said Thomas New, Esq. late Commander of his Majesty's late sloop Bonetta, and such of the Officers and ship's company of the said sloop as were then at Port Royal, be acquitted in the fullest manner from any blame for the loss of his Majesty's said sloop Bonetta, and they are hereby fully acquitted accordingly.

17 Jan 1802 a Court Martial was also held on board HM ship Cumberland in Port Royal Harbour, Jamaica, H. W. Bayntum, Esq. President, On the 17th of January, and continued by adjournment until the 19th, on Mr. Goakman, Second Lieutenant of his Majesty's late sloop Bonetta, for being the cause of the loss of the said sloop, by sleeping on his watch, and disobeying the orders he received from his Captain. The charge being proved, he was adjudged to be dismissed HM service, rendered incapable of serving his Majesty as an Officer, mulcted of all his pay, and to suffer two years imprisonment.

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