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Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned7.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardFolkstone - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutterBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck73' 6 ½"Imperial Feet22.2631 
Length of Keel53' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet16.1608 
Breadth25' 8"Imperial Feet7.6606 
Depth in Hold9' 7"Imperial Feet2.921 
Burthen188Tons BM 


7.1778Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

22.7.1780Broadside Weight = 39 Imperial Pound ( 17.6868 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck2 British 12-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck12 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.177855 BWAS-1714

6 Ship Commanders

7.1778 - 10.1779Lieutenant
James CotesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1766-1793
7.1780 - 5.1783Lieutenant
William FurnivallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1783
5.1786 - 8.1786Lieutenant
James HillsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1781
3.1787 - 1789Lieutenant
John ElphinstoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1795
16.5.1790 - 20.1.1792Lieutenant
Cuthbert AdamsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1792
20.1.1792 - 27.3.1792Lieutenant
James MalcolmBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1792
ADM 12/27B

1 Warrant Officer

17.12.1779 - 28.1.1780Acting Master
Thomas BellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1799
ADM 29-1

Service History

6.1778building at Folkstone - Kent at a cost of £3294.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1778Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.1778Commissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
1.10.1778Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £555.10.1dBWAS-1714
7.1780Recommissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
22.7.1780Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Cutter
9.1780coppering at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
5.8.1781Battle of Dogger Bank
23.1.1783Took the Brig
Le Cartouche (8) 1782-1783
French 8 Gun
Privateer Brig
5.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
1786Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.1786Recommissioned for the East coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
8.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
1787Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1902.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1787Recommissioned for Northeast ScotlandBWAS-1714
70.6.1792Sold at Portsmouth for £130BWAS-1714


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Posted by Sandra Cannon on Sunday 10th of October 2021 10:16

While searching for information about my husband's x5 great grandfather who was a mariner I came across a will in which there is a reference to the 'Busy'. Names, dates and place of service (East coast of Scotland) would suggest that this man (Thomas Splat) is the person I'm looking for. Are there any records which I can access which would have more information? Also, was it common for mariners to complete a ill before embarking service? This person completed his last will and testament when he joined the 'Bellerophon in 1790. Finally how can I find out what happened to him from then on?
I contacted the National Archives but they were no help so hoping someone here can.

Posted by Sandra on Saturday 11th of March 2017 04:09

Hello, I found reference to this ship in a marriage record. The groom was said to be 'Busy Cutter'. The marriage took place in 1804 (after the sale in Portsmouth) in Plymouth, Devon. Would this have been the same ship and what would the groom have been doing on it? The groom went on to be a coastguard in Devon. Thanks

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