Fortune

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Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered16.10.1775BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down19.4.1777BWAS-1714
Named17.11.1775BWAS-1714
Launched28.7.1778BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.6.1778
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorNicholas PhillipsBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Captured26.4.1780BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench corvette 'La Fortune' (1780) (16)

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 
Burthen300 494Tons BM 

Armament


28.7.1778Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
11.6.1778 - 18.5.1779CommanderCharles Powell Hamilton (d.1825) ADM 6/21/422BWAS-171422.5.1779 - 1.6.1779CommanderThomas Bornford Mainwaring (d.c.1780) ADM 6/21/558ADM 6/211.6.1779 - 6.11.1779CommanderMathew Squire (d.1800) ADM 6/21/562BWAS-17146.11.1779 - 26.4.1780CommanderLewis Robertson (d.1794) ADM 6/22/47BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
19.4.1777Began building at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
28.7.1778Completed building at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7971.7.0dBWAS-1714
28.7.1778Began coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.9.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
13.5.1779Action in Cancale Bay
19.1.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
26.4.1780Taken by L'Iphigenie (32) off Barbuda, Gentille (32) off Barbuda


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
 

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