Dolphin -> 1755 Firebrand -> 1757 Penquin

Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down12.1730BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.1.1731/32BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship Class1719 Establishment 20-GunnerBWAS-1714
ConstructorRichard StaceyBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Length of Keel87' 0"Imperial Feet26.5176 
Breadth30' 5"Imperial Feet9.271 
Depth in Hold9' 2"Imperial Feet2.794 
Burthen428 1394Tons BM 


6.1.1731/32Broadside Weight = 60 Imperial Pound ( 27.21 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

4.1747Broadside Weight = 20 Imperial Pound ( 9.0702 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck6 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

11.1757Broadside Weight = 60 Imperial Pound ( 27.21 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1719140Design Complement
174565as a storeshipBWAS-1714
4.174755as a fireshipBWAS-1714

17 Commanding Officers

10.1.1731/32 - 26.8.1735CaptainPhilip Vincent (d.1746) ADM 6/15/96BWAS-17149.2.1735/36 - 15.2.1739/40CaptainAubrey Beauclerk (1710-1740/41) ADM 6/15/7BWAS-171415.2.1739/40 - 9.5.1742CaptainFrancis Holburne (1704-1771) ADM 6/15/248BWAS-171410.5.1742 - 23.12.1743CaptainPhilip Carteret (d.1748)BWAS-171424.12.1743 - 16.2.1743/44CaptainFrancis Geary (1709-1796) ADM 6/16/253ADM 6/1617.2.1743/44 - 17.4.1744CaptainJohn Phillipson (d.1745) ADM 6/16/273BWAS-171418.4.1744 - 24.2.1744/45CaptainJohn Moore (1717/18-1779) ADM 6/16/295BWAS-171425.2.1744/45 - 26.2.1744/45CaptainThomas Griffin (d.1748) ADM 6/17/499
Issued by Curtis Barnet (d.1746), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 10.10.1749
ADM 6/17
26.2.1744/45 - 20.7.1745CommanderHenry Rosewell (c.1716-1771) ADM 6/17/151BWAS-171421.7.1745 - 1.2.1745/46CommanderNathaniel Stephens (d.1747/48) ADM 6/17/244
Issued by Curtis Barnet (d.1746), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 15.7.1747
ADM 6/19
1.2.1745/46 - 8.12.1746CommanderCharles Wray (d.1773) ADM 6/17/157
Commission confirmed 24.9.1746
ADM 6/17
2.3.1746/47 - 22.6.1747CommanderRichard Dorrill (d.1762) ADM 6/17/205ADM 6/1722.6.1747 - 26.5.1748CommanderEdward Crickett (c.1709-1769) ADM 6/17/240BWAS-171414.10.1755 - 31.12.1755CommanderJohn Clark (c.1712-1789) ADM 6/18/201ADM 6/1831.12.1755 - 17.2.1757CommanderTaylor Penny (c.1722-1786) ADM 6/18/223BWAS-171416.11.1757 - 30.7.1759CaptainRobert Man (1720-1762) ADM 6/18/453BWAS-171430.7.1759 - 28.3.1760CaptainWilliam Harris (c.1723-1766) ADM 6/19/82BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

10.1.1731/32 - 26.8.1735LieutenantPhilip Toms ADM 6/15/96ADM 6/1415.3.1743/44 - 17.4.1744LieutenantNathaniel Stephens (d.1747/48) ADM 6/16/280ADM 6/167.3.1746/47 - 26.5.1748LieutenantThomas Moore ADM 6/17/205ADM 6/17

1 Crewman

29.3.1735 - 26.3.1736Able SeamanRobert Farmar (c.1715-c.1758) ADM 107/3/482ADM107/3

Service History

1.1732Commissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
6.1.1731/32building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £5812.13.11dBWAS-1714

Paid off

1.9.1740Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora de Choro (8) in the Western ApproachesBWAS-1714
7.9.1740Took the Privateer San José in the Western ApproachesBWAS-1714
1741To the Irish coastBWAS-1714
2.1742To the Western approachesBWAS-1714
13.6.1742Took the Privateer San Juan Baptista in the Western ApproachesBWAS-1714
1744In the ChannelBWAS-1714
4.1744Sailed to the West InidiesBWAS-1714
1745Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Storeship
1.1745Took the Privateer Le Favori at AchinBWAS-1714
10.1746Began fitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
4.1747Refitted as a 6 gun Unrated Fireship
4.1747Completed fitting at Deptford - London at a cost of £4769.9.0dBWAS-1714
20.6.1747Action of June 20 1747
29.12.1748Surveyed and was to be sold, but was laid up at Portsmouth insteadBWAS-1714
7.1755Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
29.7.1755Renamed FirebrandBWAS-1714
8.1755Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1755Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1756Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2526.5.11dBWAS-1714
17.2.1757Paid offADM 51
4.1757Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1757Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2868.3.10dBWAS-1714
16.11.1757Refitted as a 20 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
16.11.1757Renamed PenquinBWAS-1714
3.2.1758Took the Snow La Fidèle (8) BWAS-1714
12.3.1758Sailed with a convoy for South CaorlinaBWAS-1714
20.6.1759Took the Privateer L'Heureuse Enterprise BWAS-1714
27.3.1760Taken by L'Opale (32) off Vianna, Portugal
28.3.1760Taken by La Malicieuse (32) off Vianna, Portugal


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