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Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered15.4.1773BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down11.1773BWAS-1714
Launched24.1.1776BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.12.1775BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold8.1802BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7"Imperial Feet29.2904 
Length of Keel78' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet23.7935 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward7' 7"Imperial Feet2.3114 
Draught Aft11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen301 5094Tons BM 

Armament


24.1.1776Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

13 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.12.1775 - 21.3.1776CommanderElliott Salter (d.1790) ADM 6/21/145ADM 6/2110.4.1776 - 20.12.1776CommanderThe Hon. William Clement Finch (1753-1794) ADM 6/21/200
Issued by Charles Cornewall (1669-1718)
Commission confirmed 11.7.1776
BWAS-1714
18.1.1777 - 1.3.1779CommanderThe Hon. Robert Stratford ADM 6/21/250BWAS-171430.1.1778 - 2.5.1779CommanderWilliam Swiney ADM 6/21/540
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 13.4.1779
ADM 6/21
1.3.1779 - 24.10.1779CommanderThomas Drury ADM 6/21/516BWAS-171424.10.1779 - 19.6.1783CommanderPeter Baskerville (1728-1814) ADM 6/22/78
Issued by Richard Edwards (1715-1795), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 12.1.1780
BWAS-1714
19.6.1783 - 31.7.1783CommanderVelters Cornewall Berkeley (1754-1804) ADM 6/23/87BWAS-171431.7.1783 - 20.7.1786CommanderWilliam Taylor ADM 6/23/104BWAS-17145.1.1787 - 1.12.1788CommanderHenry Nicholls ADM 6/23/372BWAS-17141.12.1788 - 12.11.1790CommanderAlan Hyde Gardner (1770-1815) ADM 6/23/507
Commission confirmed 5.2.1789
BWAS-1714
12.11.1790 - 8.7.1791CommanderPhilip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham (1763-1845) ADM 6/24/86BWAS-17145.7.1794CommanderWilliam Burgess (d.1840) ADM 6/25/56ADM 6/256.7.1794CommanderRoss Donnelly (1761-1840) ADM 6/25/56ADM 6/25

Service History


DateEventSource
11.1773Began building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
24.1.1776Completed building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7651.4.3dBWAS-1714
24.1.1776Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
14.3.1776Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.4.1776Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.1.1777

Paid off

BWAS-1714
2.1777RecommissionedBWAS-1714
25.3.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
2.1779Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
3.1779RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1779Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2408.10.3dBWAS-1714
13.5.1779Action in Cancale Bay
11.6.1779Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
23.6.1780Took the Brig Saratoga (12)
21.9.1781Took the Sloop Fish Hawk (8)
26.4.1782Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
4.1783Began repairs at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
5.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1783Completed repairs at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2883.5.7dBWAS-1714
27.12.1784Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
20.7.1786

Paid off

BWAS-1714
8.1786Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
1.1787RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1787Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £4928.0.0dBWAS-1714
17.3.1787Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.7.1791

Paid off and laid up at Portsmouth

BWAS-1714
10.1797Refitted as a Other Vessels Receiving Ship
8.1802Sold at PortsmouthBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ADM 6/25ADM 6/25 Commission and Warrant Book 1794-1796 Apr.  Archive
 

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