Diligence -> 1779 Comet

Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down18.3.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned2.8.1756
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAlderney Class
Designed byWilliam BatelyBWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam WellsBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigSnow


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck88' 5 ¾"Imperial Feet26.8415 
Length of Keel73' 0 ⅞"Imperial Feet22.2726 
Breadth24' 8"Imperial Feet7.366 
Depth in Hold10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Burthen236 4694Tons BM 


29.7.1756Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1755100Design Complement

13 Commanding Officers

23.3.1757 - 1.11.1757CommanderGeorge Falconer (c.1725-1780) ADM 6/18/373BWAS-171413.5.1758 - 1.3.1760CommanderJoseph Eastwood (d.1762) ADM 6/18/511BWAS-17141.3.1760 - 22.10.1762CommanderWilliam Osborne (c.1714-?) ADM 6/19/141BWAS-171425.5.1763 - 24.11.1763CommanderHugh Dalrymple (c.1730-1784) ADM 6/19/502BWAS-171424.11.1763 - 20.6.1765CommanderThe Hon. Constantine John Phipps (1744-1792) ADM 6/20/32
Issued by Lord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770), North America
Commission confirmed 19.6.1764
13.8.1766 - 16.1.1768CommanderCharles Roche (d.1768) ADM 6/20/132BWAS-171416.1.1768 - 20.5.1769CommanderJames Wastell (c.1736-?) ADM 6/20/210
Issued by William Parry (c.1699-1779)
Commission confirmed 3.8.1768
29.7.1772 - 5.5.1778CommanderSir Thomas Spry (1754-1828) ADM 6/20/452BWAS-171413.5.1778 - 14.5.1778CommanderAbraham Crespin (c.1741-1786) ADM 6/21/404ADM 6/2114.5.1778 - 15.5.1778CommanderJohn Reynolds (d.1793) ADM 6/21/406ADM 6/2115.5.1778 - 16.5.1778CommanderDavid Collins (c.1734-1787) ADM 6/21/406ADM 6/2116.5.1778 - 17.5.1778CommanderRichard Trotten (c.1731-1800) ADM 6/21/407ADM 6/2130.8.1779 - 27.6.1780CommanderWalter Long (c.1735-c.1782) ADM 6/11/21BWAS-1714

Service History

18.3.1756Began building at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
29.7.1756Completed building at Deptford - London at a cost of £1903.2.0dBWAS-1714
29.7.1756Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
25.9.1756Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1004.4.4dBWAS-1714
1.2.1757Took the Privateer Le Cygne (6)
1758Operations against St Malo, St Cas and CherbourgBWAS-1714
5.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo
29.4.1759Took the Privateer Le Dépèche (10) off Morlaix
30.12.1760Took the Privateer Snow Le Favori (6) off Cape BarfleurBG
31.2.1761Took the Privateer Le Benjamin (6)
20.3.1762Took the Privateer L'Aigle (2) off the LizardBG
7.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Malouin (6)

Paid off

4.1763Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1763Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2141.17.3dBWAS-1714
2.9.1763Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
11.1763In North AmericaBWAS-1714
4.1766Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1766Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
10.1766Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2275.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.11.1766Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714

Paid off

1.1771Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1771Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3570.18.3dBWAS-1714
7.1772fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.10.1772Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
5.5.1778Paid offADM 51
27.8.1779Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
27.8.1779Renamed CometBWAS-1714
9.1779Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
11.1779Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1736.7.9dBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
5.12.1780Sold at Sheerness for £300BWAS-1714


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
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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