Comet

3647
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 ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by The SurveyorsBWAS-1714
Constructor James TaylorBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel BWAS-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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.3.1742 - 4.3.1742/43Commander Peter Burville (d.1743) ADM 6/16/36BWAS-17145.3.1742/43 - 25.12.1743Commander Richard Tyrrell (1691-1766) ADM 6/16/190
Commission confirmed 17.6.1743
BWAS-1714
4.9.1744 - 12.2.1744/45Commander Richard Spry (1715-1775) ADM 6/17/213
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 30.3.1747
ODNB
13.3.1744/45 - 14.5.1745Commander James Galbraith (c.1717-1782) ADM 6/17/17
Commission confirmed 5.11.1745
ADM 6/17
14.5.1745 - 2.1.1745/46Commander Thomas Bloss (d.1750) ADM 6/17/213
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 30.3.1747
ADM 6/17
22.1.1745/46 - 10.5.1747Commander James Burcher (c.1716-1747) ADM 6/17/450
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Commission confirmed 20.3.1748/49
BWAS-1714
10.5.1747 - 9.1.1748/49Commander William Leaver (c.1709-1764) ADM 6/17/421
Issued by Charles Knowles (1704-1777), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 13.12.1748
BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
17.9.1743 - 2.10.1743Lieutenant Charles Hawkins (c.1721-1747) ADM 6/16/218ADM 6/1625.5.1744 - 27.7.1744LieutenantThe Hon. Richard Harve ADM 6/16/525
Commission confirmed 8.8.1745
ADM 6/16
15.2.1744/45 - 21.5.1746Lieutenant John Neale (d.c.1785) ADM 6/17/460
Issued by Peter Warren (1703-1752), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 5.5.1749
ADM 6/17
21.5.1746 - 9.1.1748/49Lieutenant Hugh Parry ADM 6/17/421
Issued by The Hon. Fitzroy Henry Lee (1698/99-1751), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission 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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