Experiment

4169
Nominal Guns50BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered9.11.1772BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.1772BWAS-1714
Launched23.8.1774BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.7.1775
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassExperiment Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Captured24.9.1779BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench Fourth Rate ship of the line 'L'Experiment' (1779) (50)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 9"Imperial Feet42.6777 
Length of Keel115' 6"Imperial Feet35.0622 
Breadth38' 9"Imperial Feet11.611 
Depth in Hold16' 7"Imperial Feet4.9064 
Burthen922 4794Tons BM 

Armament


23.8.1774Broadside Weight = 276 Imperial Pound ( 125.166 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
9.11.1772300Design Complement

2 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
14.7.1775 - 25.4.1776CaptainRobert Keeler (c.1735-c.1811) ADM 6/21/104BWAS-171425.4.1776 - 24.9.1779CaptainJames Wallace (d.1803) ADM 6/21/182BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
23.8.1774building at Deptford at a cost of £14185.6.1dBWAS-1714
23.8.1774Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
26.8.1775Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £5250.6.11dBWAS-1714
4.1776Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
28.6.1776Attack on Fort SullivanBWAS-1714
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
10.5.1778Took the Privateer Ship Portsmouth (20) on St. George’s Bank
27.9.1778Capture of the Raleigh
28.9.1778Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Raleigh (32) off Boston
13.5.1779Action in Cancale Bay
13.5.1779Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Danae (32) off St Malo


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Saturday 22nd of August 2015 07:55

Dimensions corrected :)


Posted by Paul Fields on Sunday 16th of August 2015 20:16

I expect the lengths of the Keel and the gundeck have been reversed.

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