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Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered6.4.1743BWAS-1714
Acquired10.5.1743BWAS-1714
First Commissioned6.5.1743BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Designed by
Henry BirdBritish
Designer
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1758-1759
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Henry BirdBritish
Designer
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1758-1759
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1714
Foundered24.9.1757BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck88' 4 ½"Imperial Feet26.8351 
Length of Keel75' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet22.8791 
Breadth25' 3 ¼"Imperial Feet7.6264 
Depth in Hold6' 9 ½"Imperial Feet1.8415 
Burthen255 5194Tons BM 

Armament


5.1743Broadside Weight = 31.5 Imperial Pound ( 14.2856 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1743125 BWAS-1714

9 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
6.5.1743 - 1.9.1743Commander
John MooreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1778
ADM 6/16/178
BWAS-1714
2.9.1743 - 18.3.1743/44Commander
James DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1782
ADM 6/16/215
ADM 6/16
16.1.1743/44 - 11.4.1745Commander
Hugh BonfoyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1740
ADM 6/16/259
BWAS-1714
12.4.1745 - 21.4.1746Commander
John DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1723-1784
ADM 6/16/463
BWAS-1714
22.4.1746 - 23.10.1747Commander
Thomas KnackstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1757
ADM 6/17/94
BWAS-1714
23.10.1747 - 14.11.1752Commander
Carr ScropeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1762
ADM 6/17/277
BWAS-1714
14.11.1752 - 17.7.1753Commander
Alexander InnesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1786
ADM 6/18/74
ADM 6/18
30.9.1755 - 15.6.1756Commander
Edmund TownleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1725-1758
ADM 6/18/197
ADM 6/18
15.6.1756 - 24.9.1757Commander
Francis UptonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1757
† Discharged Dead ADM 6/18/279
ADM 6/18

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.5.1743 - 18.3.1745/46Lieutenant
William BirchBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1727-1748
ADM 6/16/178
ADM 6/16
19.3.1745/46 - 31.12.1747Lieutenant
George WightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1747
ADM 6/17/75
ADM 6/17
17.2.1748/49 - 3.5.1750Lieutenant
Richard PikeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1750
ADM 6/17/444
ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
6.4.1743Purchased at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £1848.15.0dBWAS-1714
10.5.1743Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
28.5.1743Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1607.4.0dBWAS-1714
7.1743Off BilboaBWAS-1714
12.1743In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1745On the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
2.1746Off the Scottish coastBWAS-1714
3.1745/46small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1101.7.4dBWAS-1714
5.1749Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
16.7.1753Paid off at Portsmouth Dockyard ADM 6/18
21.8.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1755Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop BWAS-1714
8.1755Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
12.1755Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2231.3.10dBWAS-1714
1757Sailed to North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
24.9.1757Lost with all hands in a hurricane off LouisbourgBWAS-1714

 

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