Sceptre

386
Nominal Guns64
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered16.1.1779
Keel Laid Down5.1780
Launched8.6.1781
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey
Ship ClassInflexible Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)
CategoryThird Rate
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Wrecked5.11.1799

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck159' 9"Imperial Feet48.4671 
Length of Keel131' 3"Imperial Feet39.9313 
Breadth44' 9"Imperial Feet13.4684 
Depth in Hold18' 0"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Burthen1,397 7094Tons BM 

Armament


8.6.1781Broadside Weight = 600 Imperial Pound ( 272.1 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck26 British 24-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1777500Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.6.1781 - 11.12.1781CaptainWilliam Allen (1728-1804) ADM 6/22/295BWAS-171411.12.1781 - 5.6.1784CaptainSamuel Graves ADM 6/22/381BWAS-171422.11.1790CaptainEdmund Crawley ADM 6/24/88ADM 6/2420.3.1793 - 1795CaptainJames Richard Dacres (1749-1810) ADM 6/24/222BWAS-17141795 - 3.1797CaptainWilliam EssingtonBWAS-17143.1797 - 9.1797CaptainThomas Alexander (d.1843)BWAS-17149.1797 - 5.11.1799CaptainValentine Edwards (d.1799)BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1795Vice-Admiral of the WhiteJohn Macbride (c.1735-1800)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
18.7.1794 - 19.8.1796Master's MateEdward Nathaniel Greensword (1774-1845)IPC

Service History


DateEventSource
17.8.1781Completed at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £37811.17.5dBWAS-1714
6.2.1782Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
13.7.1782Arrived in the East IndiesBWAS-1714
3.9.1782Battle of Trincomalee
14.4.1783Took the Corvette Le Naiade (20) in the East Indies
20.6.17832nd Battle of Cuddalore
5.6.1784Paid offADM 51
8.1784fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1785Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1785Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £14148.18.11dBWAS-1714
4.1.1794Operations against San Domingo

 

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Posted by Pat Langridge on Tuesday 5th of September 2017 07:45

I believe my G G Grandad Thomas Cox was on this ship in 1796.
He came from Portsmouth at the time.
He was born about 1781.
He was living in Portsea.
Would you be able to tell me where I could get details about him signing up.
I am not sure where in Hampshire he was born.
Many Thanks.
Patricia Langridge.

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