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Driver

3989
Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.1.1796BWAS-1793
Launched1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBermuda - North Atlantic Ocean BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDasher Class (1796)BWAS-1793
Designed by
GoodrichBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1793
Constructor
Nathaniel TynesBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1793
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up24.7.1834BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck107' 0"Imperial Feet32.6136 
Length of Keel83' 9 ½"Imperial Feet25.3111 
Breadth29' 11"Imperial Feet8.842 
Depth in Hold9' 9"Imperial Feet2.9718 
Burthen398 8594Tons BM 

Armament


1797Broadside Weight = 201 Imperial Pound ( 91.1535 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 24-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
18.1.179680Design Complement

18 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
8.1798 - 2.11.1798Commander
John SeaterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1806
BWAS-1793
2.11.1798 - 1799Commander
Thomas Hannaford HurdBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1768-1802
BWAS-1793
11.1799 - 1801Commander
James DunbarBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1809
BWAS-1793
7.1802 - 30.8.1803Commander
Francis William FaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1810
BWAS-1793
30.8.1803 - 1804Lieutenant
William ComptonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1804
BWAS-1793
1804 - 1.1805Captain
William LyallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1805
BWAS-1793
1.1805 - 22.1.1806Commander
John Surman CardenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1855
BWAS-1793
22.1.1806 - 22.9.1806Commander
Robert SimpsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1808
BWAS-1793
22.9.1806 - 2.1807Commander
Charles ClaridgeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1809
BWAS-1793
2.1807 - 1808Commander
William LoveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1817
BWAS-1793
7.1808 - 8.1809Commander
Charles ClaridgeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1809
BWAS-1793
8.1808 - 12.1.1810Commander
George Paris MonkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1810
BWAS-1793
1810Commander
John LawrenceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1826
BWAS-1793
12.1.1810 - 12.1810Commander
Thomas Swinnerton DyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1810
BWAS-1793
8.1815 - 19.9.1815Commander
Algernon PercyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
NBD1849
8.1815 - 12.1817Commander
John RossBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1818
BWAS-1793
12.1817 - 1821Commander
Charles Hope ReidBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1821
BWAS-1793
1821 - 10.1821Commander
Thomas WolrigeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1821
BWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1810Lieutenant
Provo William Parry WallisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1877
NBD1849
28.6.1810 - 1811Lieutenant
Benjamin John BrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1811
NBD1849
19.7.1822 - 1823Commander
Charles BowenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1846
BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
27.1.1799Arrived at SheernessBWAS-1793
27.1.1799Began making good defects at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
21.4.1799Completed making good defects at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2614.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.1799Took the Privateer
Le Barras (14) 1799-1799
French 14 Gun
Privateer Unknown
ref:692
2.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
4.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
12.6.1807Took the Schooner
Boladora 1807-1807
Spanish Privateer Schooner

10.2.1809Capture of the Junon
10.2.1809Took the Frigate
La Junon (36) 1806-1809
French 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
off the Saintes

12.1810Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
6.1814Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
9.1814Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
9.1815fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
10.1821Paid off at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
8.1824fitting as a Coal Depot at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
1825fitting as a Convict Ship at UnknownBWAS-1793
1833Coal hulk at WoolwichBWAS-1793
1833Refitted as a Other Vessels Coal Depot
24.7.1834Broken up completed at DeptfordBWAS-1793

 

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Posted by Cy on Sunday 1st of September 2019 11:35

I think it highy unlikely that the Driver was named in honour of anything, other than a vague concept. Certainly I can find no reference to such.
BTW, Driver is not the class ship, but a sloop of the Dasher class, follow the link on the page for more info


Posted by WILLIAM DRIVER on Sunday 1st of September 2019 04:56

Would appreciate any answer to naming of these 2 classes of RN sloops? What person, event, or object is the "Driver" class of ships named for? In that my family name is Driver, I have a mild interest in its origin.

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