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4184
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered8.1.1777BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down9.6.1777BWAS-1714
Launched24.10.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Jenner (d.1782)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up7.1811BWAS-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


24.10.1778Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

20 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.1778 - 8.1779CommanderThomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799)BWAS-17146.8.1779 - 11.1779CommanderSir Henry Edwin Stanhope (1754-1814)BWAS-171411.1779 - 18.2.1780CommanderHugh Baikie (1739-1816)ADM 1065.1780 - 15.9.1780CommanderGeorge Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818)BWAS-171415.9.1780 - 9.1.1781CommanderJoseph BrownBWAS-17142.1781 - 1782CommanderWilliam Yeo (d.1808)BWAS-17145.1783 - 1786CommanderWilliam Thomas (d.1800)BWAS-17145.1786 - 1788CaptainJohn ManleyBWAS-17141790CaptainSir Thomas Spry (1754-1828)BWAS-17146.1791 - 1792CommanderFrancis Laforey (1767-1835)BWAS-17141793 - 1794CommanderRichard BridgesBWAS-17144.1794 - 10.11.1794CommanderJohn Irwin (d.1812)BWAS-171411.11.1794 - 24.11.1795LieutenantThomas Baker (1771-1845)ref:61624.11.1795 - 13.6.1797CommanderThomas Baker (1771-1845)ref:6167.1797 - 3.1800CommanderJoshua Sydney HortonBWAS-17141801CommanderRichard Dalling Dunn (d.1813)BWAS-17147.1.1802 - 3.3.1804CommanderWilliam Fitzroy (1782-1857)BWAS-171415.1.1802 - 1803CommanderJohn Impey (1772-1858)BWAS-17143.3.1804 - 8.1804CommanderCharles Powys (d.1804)BWAS-171415.8.1804 - 9.1805CommanderGeorge Adey Creyke (d.1811)BWAS-1714

3 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
20.9.1779 - 19.11.1779Acting MasterThomas Bell (d.c.1804)ADM29-114.3.1781 - 25.4.1783MasterPeter Peterson (d.1815)ADM29-114.10.1789 - 15.5.1790MasterDavid AtchisonADM29-1

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
5.5.1800 - 11.1801Ordinary SeamanJohn Alexander (d.1857)NL1865

Service History


DateEventSource
9.6.1777Began building at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
24.10.1778Completed building at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £8754.17.4dBWAS-1714
24.10.1778Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.12.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
24.5.1779Took the Privateer La Dunkerquoise
18.6.1779Took the Privateer Le Maraudeur
9.1779In the North SeaBWAS-1714
1780Took the Privateer Phoenix (14)
1780Took the Privateer Packet Mercury
7.4.1780Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
11.6.1780Took the Privateer Sloop Wilkes (14)
21.6.1780Took the Privateer Brigantine Griffin (14) off Newfoundland
13.1.1781Taken by La Madame (40) off the Isles of Scilly, Valiant (74)
2.1781RecommissionedBWAS-1714
29.5.1781Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
26.4.1782Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
5.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1786Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1786RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1788Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1788Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2793.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1791RecommissionedBWAS-1714
24.8.1791Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
5.3.1794Sailed for the West coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
22.5.1796Took the Privateer Cutter Le Hazard (2) in the Channel
5.10.1797Sank a privateer lugger off BoulogneBWAS-1714
13.11.1797Took the Privateer Lugger L'Epervier (2)
11.1.1799Took the Privateer Brig Nuestra Señora del Port St Bonaventa (8) TNC
2.1800Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
5.2.1800Capture of the Pallas
1.1803RecommissionedBWAS-1714
3.1804On the Jamaica stationBWAS-1714
9.1805Returned home and paid off?BWAS-1714
7.1811Broken up at PlymouthBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 106ADM 106 1674-1832 Navy Board: Entry Book of Out Letters Document
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
 

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