Firedrake

4262
Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.9.1741BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down7.10.1741BWAS-1714
Launched26.2.1741/42BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall BWAS-1714
Ship ClassComet Class
Designed bySurveyors TheBWAS-1714
ConstructorPhilemon PerryBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel
Sold31.3.1763BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 5 ¾"Imperial Feet27.7559 
Length of Keel75' 4"Imperial Feet22.8803 
Breadth26' 6 ⅞"Imperial Feet7.947 
Depth in Hold11' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet3.3719 
Burthen282 8994Tons BM 

Armament


26.2.1740/41Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

5.1755Broadside Weight = 23.5 Imperial Pound ( 10.6576 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

10.1758Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
9.174160Design Complement
5.175580 BWAS-1714
10.175860 BWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1742 - 30.8.1744CommanderJohn Willson (d.1749)BWAS-171413.8.1744 - 12.1.1744/45CommanderSamuel Marshall (d.1768)BWAS-171412.1.1744/45 - 4.12.1747CommanderJohn Loving (c.1709-1785) ADM 6/17/293
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 7.12.1747
BWAS-1714
27.3.1755 - 6.12.1756CommanderRobert Grant (d.1758) ADM 6/18/150BWAS-17146.4.1757 - 17.5.1758CommanderOwen Edwards (d.1762) ADM 6/18/382BWAS-171415.9.1758 - 28.2.1763CommanderJames Orrok (d.c.1763) ADM 6/18/537BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.11.1743 - 23.11.1743LieutenantJohn Russell (d.c.1753) ADM 6/17/57
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 6.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
18.1.1743/44 - 5.2.1744/45LieutenantJohn Bastard (d.1776) ADM 6/17/192
Issued by Thomas Mathews (1676-1750)
Commission confirmed 19.1.1746/47
ADM 6/17
21.10.1757 - 29.11.1757LieutenantWilliam Fleming (d.1780) ADM 6/18/447ref:898

Service History


DateEventSource
7.10.1741Began building at Blackwall BWAS-1714
26.2.1741/42Completed building at Blackwall at a cost of £2870.5.0dBWAS-1714
2.3.1741/42Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.5.1742Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £1724.18.10dBWAS-1714
7.1742Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
12.1747Began fitting at Woolwich BWAS-1714
4.12.1747Paid offADM 51
6.1748Completed fitting at Woolwich at a cost of £2054.11.5dBWAS-1714
30.11.1748SurveyedBWAS-1714
2.1755Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1755Recommissioned for the West coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
5.1755Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated  
5.1755Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £1801.17.1dBWAS-1714
6.12.1756Paid offADM 51
3.1757Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1757Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
7.1757Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2383.16.10dBWAS-1714
9.1757At Ile d'AixBWAS-1714
23.9.1757Attack on Isle d'Aix
11.1757Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1757Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated  
12.1757Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £288.8.2dBWAS-1714
17.5.1758Paid offADM 51
9.1758RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1758Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1758Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
10.1758Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1796.12.0dBWAS-1714
29.12.1758Capture of Goree
3.7.1759Bombardment of Le Havre
11.1760At QuiberonBWAS-1714
4.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
28.2.1763Paid offADM 51
9.3.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
31.3.1763Sold at Woolwich for £740BWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1758/10/161759/03/01Expedition against Île de GoréeAugustus Keppel (1725-1786)
 

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