Fairy

4184
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Ordered1777/01/08BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1777/06/09BWAS-1714
Launched1778/10/24BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn WilliamsBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn JennerBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip-Sloop
Broken Up1811/07BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7"Imperial Feet29.2904 
Length of Keel78' 10"Imperial Feet23.7744 
Breadth26' 9"Imperial Feet7.9629 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward6' 10"Imperial Feet1.8288 
Draught Aft10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Burthen300 494Tons BM 

Armament


1778/10/24Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1766/05/08125Design Complement

Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1778/10 - 1779/08CommanderThomas Lennox FrederickBWAS-17141779/08/06 - 1779/11CommanderSir Henry Edwin StanhopeBWAS-17141779/11 - 1780/02/18CommanderHugh BaikieADM 1061780/05 - 1780/09/15CommanderGeorge Cranfield BerkeleyBWAS-17141780/09/15 - 1781/01/09CommanderJoseph BrownBWAS-17141781/02 - 1782CommanderWilliam YeoBWAS-17141783/05 - 1786CommanderWilliam ThomasBWAS-17141786/05 - 1788CaptainJohn ManleyBWAS-17141790CaptainSir Thomas SpryBWAS-17141791/06 - 1792CommanderFrancis LaforeyBWAS-17141793 - 1794CommanderRichard BridgesBWAS-17141794/04 - 1794/11/10CommanderJohn IrwinBWAS-17141794/11/11 - 1795/11/24LieutenantThomas Bakerref:6161795/11/24 - 1797/06/13CommanderThomas Bakerref:6161797/07 - 1800/03CommanderJoshua Sydney HortonBWAS-17141801CommanderRichard Dalling DunnBWAS-17141802/01/07 - 1804/03/03CommanderWilliam FitzroyBWAS-17141802/01/15 - 1803CommanderJohn ImpeyBWAS-17141804/03/03 - 1804/08CommanderCharles PowysBWAS-17141804/08/15 - 1805/09CommanderGeorge Adey CreykeBWAS-1714

Warrant Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1779/09/20 - 1779/11/19Acting MasterThomas BellADM29-11781/03/14 - 1783/04/25MasterPeter PetersonADM29-11789/10/14 - 1790/05/15MasterDavid AtchisonADM29-1

Crewmen


DatesRankNameSource
1800/05/05 - 1801/11Ordinary SeamanJohn AlexanderNL1865

Service History


DateEventSource
1777/06/09Began building at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1778/10/24Completed building at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £8754.17.4dBWAS-1714
1778/10/24Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1778/12/19Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1779/05/24Took the Privateer La Dunkerquoise
1779/06/18Took the Privateer Le Maraudeur
1779/09In the North SeaBWAS-1714
1780Took the Privateer Phoenix (14)
1780Took the Privateer Packet Mercury
1780/04/07Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1780/06/11Took the Privateer Brig-Sloop Wilkes (14)
1780/06/21Took the Privateer Brigantine Griffin (14) off Newfoundland
1781/01/13Taken by La Madame (40) off the Isles of Scilly, Valiant (74)
1781/02RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1781/05/29Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1782/04/26Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1783/05RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1786Paid offBWAS-1714
1786/05RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1788/06Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1788/08Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2793.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790Paid offBWAS-1714
1791/06RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1791/08/24Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1794/03/05Sailed for the West coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
1796/05/22Took the Privateer Cutter Le Hazard (2) in the Channel
1797/10/05Sank a privateer lugger off BoulogneBWAS-1714
1797/11/13Took the Privateer Lugger L'Epervier (2)
1799/01/11Took the Privateer Brig Nuestra Señora del Port St Bonaventa (8) TNC
1800/02Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1800/02/05Capture of the Pallas
1803/01RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1804/03On the Jamaica stationBWAS-1714
1805/09Returned home and paid off?BWAS-1714
1811/07Broken up at PlymouthBWAS-1714
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Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 106 ADM 106 1674-1832 Navy Board: Entry Book of Out Letters Document
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NL1865 The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook
 

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