Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.12.1745
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin Class
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel
Sailing RigKetch


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 7"Imperial Feet27.9146 
Length of Keel74' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet22.5743 
Breadth26' 1"Imperial Feet7.929 
Depth in Hold11' 11 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen270 4094Tons BM 


30.11.1745Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

9.1758Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Upper Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Upper Gun Deck1 British 12 1/2" Mortar

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement
1748125 BWAS-1714

9 Commanding Officers

27.12.1745 - 27.5.1747CommanderRichard Gwynn (d.1766) ADM 6/17/35ADM 6/1727.5.1747 - 23.11.1747CommanderJohn Campbell (1719-1790) ADM 6/17/229BWAS-171423.11.1747 - 27.11.1748CommanderThomas Saumarez (1720-1766) ADM 6/17/286BWAS-171427.11.1748 - 17.2.1749/50CommanderJohn Russell (d.c.1753) ADM 6/17/507BWAS-171410.6.1752 - 27.12.1753CommanderRichard Edwards (1715-1795) ADM 6/18/37BWAS-171427.12.1753 - 19.1.1755CommanderRobert Routh (c.1724-1760)
Issued by Thomas Coates (1712-1767), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 1.5.1755
19.1.1755 - 5.4.1756CommanderCharles Webber (d.1783) ADM 6/18/314
Issued by Thomas Coates (1712-1767), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 6.10.1759
5.4.1756 - 13.7.1756CommanderWalker Farr (d.1756) ADM 6/18/293BWAS-171427.9.1758 - 19.4.1759CommanderMark Robinson (1722-1799) ADM 6/18/540ADM 6/18

4 Commissioned Officers

28.11.1748 - 19.8.1749LieutenantWilliam Manley (c.1722-?)ref:82218.8.1749 - 17.2.1749/50LieutenantRobert Suttie ADM 6/17/514
Issued by Isaac Townsend (1684-1765), North America
Commission confirmed 13.3.1749/50
ADM 6/17
17.4.1754 - 19.1.1755LieutenantGamaliel Nightingale (c.1732-1791) ADM 6/18/173
Issued by Thomas Coates (1712-1767), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 10.6.1755
ADM 6/18
5.4.1756 - 23.4.1756LieutenantWilliam Mainwaring (d.1770) ADM 6/18/298
Issued by Thomas Coates (1712-1767), Jamaica
Commission confirmed 4.8.1756
ADM 6/18

Service History

4.1745Began building at Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
30.11.1745Completed building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £2144.0.0dBWAS-1714
30.11.1745Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.2.1745/46Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2050.9.5dBWAS-1714
3.5.17471st Battle of Cape Finisterre
16.6.1747Took the Privateer Le Foudre (24) and carried in PlymouthBG
5.7.1747Took the Privateer La Parfaite
7.1748Sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714

Paid off

ADM 51
2.1751Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1752Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £3291.13.11dBWAS-1714
12.1752Sailed for Anamboc, Africa and then to JamaicaBWAS-1714
1756Returned home to pay offBWAS-1714
25.6.1756Took the Privateer Le Pont Carré
9.1758Recommissioned and sailed for the West IndiesBWAS-1714
9.1758Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
9.1758Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1758Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £5511.16.0dBWAS-1714
16.1.1759Attack on Martinique
20.1.1759Capture of Guadeloupe
19.4.1759Bilged on the Saintes, near Guadaloupe and sankBWAS-1714


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