Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
First Commissioned1778/07
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardFolkstone BWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutter


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 


1778/07Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1780/07/22Broadside 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
1778/0755 BWAS-1714

Commanding Officers

1778/07 - 1780/07LieutenantJames CotesBWAS-17141780/07 - 1783/05LieutenantWilliam FurnivallBWAS-17141786/05 - 1786/08LieutenantJames HillsBWAS-17141787/03 - 1789LieutenantJohn ElphinstoneBWAS-17141790 - 1790LieutenantCuthbert AdamsonBWAS-1714

Service History

1778/06building at Folkstone at a cost of £3294.0.0dBWAS-1714
1778/06Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1778/07Commissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
1778/10/01Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £555.10.1dBWAS-1714
1780/07Recommissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
1780/07/22Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Cutter
1780/09coppering at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/01/23Took the Privateer Brig Le Cartouche (8)
1781/08/05Battle of Dogger Bank
1783/05Paid offBWAS-1714
1786Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1786/05Recommissioned for the East coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
1786/08Paid offBWAS-1714
1787Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £1902.0.0dBWAS-1714
1787/03Recommissioned for Northeast ScotlandBWAS-1714
1792/06/70Sold at Portsmouth for £130BWAS-1714


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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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