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Comet

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Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.9.1741BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down8.10.1741BWAS-1714
Launched29.3.1742BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.3.1742BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassComet Class (1741)BWAS-1714
Designed by
The SurveyorsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1739-1741
BWAS-1714
Constructor
James TaylorBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1739-1746
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb VesselBWAS-1714
Sold11.5.1749BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 10"Imperial Feet27.7368 
Length of Keel75' 0 ⅞"Imperial Feet22.8822 
Breadth26' 3 ¼"Imperial Feet7.9312 
Depth in Hold11' 2"Imperial Feet3.4036 
Burthen275 5594Tons BM 

Armament


29.3.1742Broadside 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
9.174160Design Complement

7 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
27.3.1742 - 4.3.1742/43Commander
Peter BurvilleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1722-1743
ADM 6/16/36
BWAS-1714
5.3.1742/43 - 25.12.1743Commander
Richard TyrrellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1760
ADM 6/16/190
Confirmed 17.6.1743
BWAS-1714
4.9.1744 - 12.2.1744/45Commander
Richard SpryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1775
ADM 6/17/213
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 30.3.1747
ODNB
13.3.1744/45 - 14.5.1745Commander
James GalbraithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1780
ADM 6/17/17
Confirmed 5.11.1745
ADM 6/17
14.5.1745 - 2.1.1745/46Commander
Thomas BlossBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1747
ADM 6/17/213
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 30.3.1747
ADM 6/17
22.1.1745/46 - 10.5.1747Commander
James BurcherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1748
ADM 6/17/450
Issued by
Isaac TownsendBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1746
, North America
Confirmed 20.3.1748/49
BWAS-1714
10.5.1747 - 9.1.1748/49Commander
William LeaverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1749
ADM 6/17/421
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 13.12.1748
BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.9.1743 - 2.10.1743Lieutenant
Charles HawkinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1742
Transfered ADM 6/16/218
ADM 6/16
25.5.1744 - 27.7.1744Lieutenant
The Hon. Richard HarveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1745
ADM 6/16/525
Confirmed 8.8.1745
ADM 6/16
15.2.1744/45 - 21.5.1746Lieutenant
John NealeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1783
ADM 6/17/460
Issued by
Peter WarrenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1716-1748
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 5.5.1749
ADM 6/17
21.5.1746 - 9.1.1748/49Lieutenant
Hugh ParryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1771
ADM 6/17/421
Issued by
The Hon. Fitzroy Henry LeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1717-1748
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 13.12.1748
ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
29.3.1742Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
20.5.1742Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1890.18.5dBWAS-1714
18.2.1742/43Attack on La Guaira
9.1743Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1743Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated Unknown
10.1743Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1239.16.11dBWAS-1714
12.2.1744/45Taken by the Spanish taken and retaken same day
1747At LouisbourgBWAS-1714
6.1.1748/49SurveyedBWAS-1714
9.1.1748/49Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 6/18
17.3.1748/49Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
11.5.1749Sold at Deptford for £502BWAS-1714

 

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