Flying Fish

Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned6.1778BWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench cutter 'Le Poisson Volant' (1782) (18)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck75' 0"Imperial Feet22.86 
Length of Keel51' 5"Imperial Feet15.6718 
Breadth25' 8"Imperial Feet7.6606 
Depth in Hold10' 8"Imperial Feet3.2512 
Burthen180 1694Tons BM 


6.1778Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

17.1.1780Broadside Weight = 27 Imperial Pound ( 12.2448 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck12 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.177860 BWAS-1714

3 Commanding Officers

6.1778 - 9.8.1781Lieutenant John McDougallBWAS-17149.8.1781 - 20.1.1783Commander John McDougall ADM 6/22/322BWAS-17141782 - 31.12.1782Lieutenant Charles CravenBWAS-1714

1 Crewman

23.10.1780 - 22.6.1782Surgeon's Servant Robinson Kittoe (c.1770-?)ADM 29/8

Service History

4.1778Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £3305.8.9dBWAS-1714
16.5.1778Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
6.1778Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
8.6.1778Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £393.14.4dBWAS-1714
9.1779Relief of GuernseyBWAS-1714
17.1.1780Refitted as a 12 gun Unrated Cutter
8.1780coppering at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
1.8.1781Took the Privateer Le Marodeur (14) off Whitlby
3.12.1782Grounded near Dunkirk and taken by French troopsBWAS-1714
3.12.1782Taken by the French by French troops while grounded off Dunkirk


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