Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPorcupine ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor George WhiteBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck114' 3"Imperial Feet34.7526 
Length of Keel94' 2 ⅞"Imperial Feet28.6734 
Breadth32' 1 ⅛"Imperial Feet9.7568 
Depth in Hold10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Burthen516 3094Tons BM 


25.4.1781Broadside Weight = 105 Imperial Pound ( 47.6175 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

4 Commanding Officers

9.4.1781 - 21.3.1782Captain James King (1750-1784): on board from 25.4.1781 ADM 6/22/273BWAS-171421.3.1782 - 30.7.1782Captain Albemarle Bertie (1755-1824) ADM 6/22/428BWAS-171430.7.1782 - 21.8.1782Captain John Williamson (d.1798) ADM 6/22/500BWAS-17145.3.1783 - 9.5.1784Captain John Williamson (d.1798) ADM 6/23/29ADM 6/23

1 Commissioned Officer

1.4.1783 - 9.5.1784Lieutenant Charles Vaughan (d.1790) ADM 6/23/44ADM 6/23

1 Warrant Officer

24.4.1781 - 6.8.1782Master Thomas SmithADM29-1

1 Crewman

1781Able Seaman William Barnham RiderNBD1849

Service History

2.1777Began building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
25.4.1781Completed building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £15194.10.8dBWAS-1714
25.4.1781Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.6.1781Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
16.10.1781Took the Ship Hercules (20) off Cape Clear
25.4.1782Crocodile vs Prince de Robecq
21.8.1782Paid offADM 51
15.10.1782Sailed with a convoy for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.4.1783Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
9.5.1784Wrecked off Prawle Point (Devon)BWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 2nd of April 2019 18:13

Sorry, engaged and captured Le Prince de Robecq

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 2nd of April 2019 18:09

25 Apr 1782 Crocodile24 Captain Albemarle Bertie on route to Dublin engaged the French privateer Le Prince de Robecq22 Lieutenant de Frigate Pierre Vanstable 12 days out of Dunkirk with out prizes

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