Druid -> 1779 Blast

Nominal Guns16BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned25.9.1776
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck89' 3"Imperial Feet27.1357 
Length of Keel73' 5 ⅝"Imperial Feet22.2663 
Breadth27' 0 ½"Imperial Feet8.2423 
Depth in Hold12' 2"Imperial Feet3.683 
Burthen285 7294Tons BM 


9.1776Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder

9.1779Broadside Weight = 17.5 Imperial Pound ( 7.9364 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck6 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
9.1776100 BWAS-1714
9.177945As a fireshipBWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers

25.9.1776 - 4.9.1777CommanderPeter Carteret (c.1722-1777)† ADM 6/21/215BWAS-17148.10.1777 - 11.8.1780CommanderJohn Bourchier (1747-1808) ADM 6/21/322BWAS-171419.11.1779 - 10.9.1780CommanderGeorge Bowen ADM 6/22/51BWAS-171410.9.1780 - 7.4.1782CommanderWilliam Carnegie (1756-1831) ADM 6/22/357
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 27.10.1781
7.4.1782 - 8.4.1782CommanderWilliam Hancock Kelly ADM 6/22/545
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 26.11.1782
ADM 6/22
8.4.1782 - 9.8.1783CommanderCharles William Paterson (1756-1841) ADM 6/22/547
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 30.11.1782
ADM 6/22

1 Commissioned Officer

18.10.1777 - 16.4.1778LieutenantRobert Parry Young (d.1799) ADM 6/21/325ADM6

Service History

4.9.1776Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
14.11.1776Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £3029.1.6dBWAS-1714
4.9.1777Action of 1777-09-04
10.1777Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1777Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1743.1.11dBWAS-1714
10.2.1778Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
9.1779Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
16.9.1779Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
16.9.1779Renamed BlastBWAS-1714
10.1779Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £723.13.8dBWAS-1714
3.1780coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1246.18.2dBWAS-1714
28.5.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
24.7.1782Sailed to AmericaBWAS-1714
11.1782Blockade of Cape FrancoisBWAS-1714
23.4.1783Sailed for EnglandBWAS-1714
9.8.1783Paid offADM 51
25.9.1783Sold to William White for £940BWAS-1714

Notes on Ship

American mercantile Brilliant


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM6ADM 6 Admiralty:Service Records, Registers, Returns and CertificatesAuthorityArchive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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