Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down23.4.1740BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardCuckolds Point BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBasilisk Class
Designed byJames TaylorBWAS-1714
ConstructorJames TaylorBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 5"Imperial Feet27.8638 
Length of Keel74' 2"Imperial Feet22.5679 
Breadth26' 4 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen274 4394Tons BM 


27.9.1740Broadside Weight = 23.5 Imperial Pound ( 10.6576 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

3.1741/42Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
174060Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

27.9.1740 - 6.4.1742CommanderJohn Gage (d.1743) ADM 6/16/338BWAS-17147.4.1742 - 3.8.1743CommanderJohn Watkins (d.1757) ADM 6/16/40BWAS-17144.8.1743 - 12.1.1743/44CommanderGiles Richard Vanbrugh (d.1745/46)BWAS-171413.1.1743/44 - 8.11.1744CommanderJohn Bowdler (d.1754) ADM 6/17/278
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 28.10.1747
ADM 6/17
8.11.1744 - 16.10.1745CommanderJohn Weller (c.1717-1772) ADM 6/17/453
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 7.4.1749
16.10.1745 - 31.10.1748CommanderJohn Jermy (1711-1751) ADM 3/17/358
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 24.5.1748

4 Commissioned Officers

27.9.1740 - 25.4.1743LieutenantElias Bate (c.1715-1752) ADM 6/15/338ADM 6/156.2.1743/44 - 5.3.1744/45LieutenantWilliam Hamilton (d.1790) ADM 6/17/400
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 4.11.1748
ADM 6/17
18.10.1745 - 18.5.1747LieutenantJohn Ives ADM 6/17/389
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 7.10.1748
ADM 6/17
4.7.1747 - 31.10.1748LieutenantThomas Humphris (d.1761) ADM 6/17/412
Issued by Henry Medley (d.1747)
Commission confirmed 25.11.1748
ADM 6/17

Service History

23.4.1740Began building at Cuckolds Point BWAS-1714
27.9.1740Completed building at Cuckolds Point at a cost of £5197.9.10dBWAS-1714
27.9.1740Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
14.11.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1742In the ChannelBWAS-1714
2.1742Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1741/42Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
3.1741/42Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £1073.5.4dBWAS-1714
8.1742Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1743At NaplesBWAS-1714
1746Refitted as a 6 gun Unrated Sloop
31.10.1748Paid offADM 51
6.1.1748/49Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
2.3.1748/49Sold at Woolwich for £602BWAS-1714


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