Gunboat No. 28 -> 1797 Grappler

Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardNorthfleet Dockyard - Northfleet BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCourser ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorThomas Pitcher (1745-1837)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeGunvessel BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck76' 2 ½"Imperial Feet23.1775 
Length of Keel62' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet18.9167 
Breadth22' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet6.7247 
Depth in Hold8' 3"Imperial Feet2.5146 
Draught Forward4' 0 ½"Imperial Feet1.2319 
Draught Aft5' 6"Imperial Feet1.6764 
Burthen169 9194Tons BM 


4.1797Broadside Weight = 114 Imperial Pound ( 51.699 kg)B028
Gun Deck2 British 24-Pounder
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
179750Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

5.1797 - 1.1798LieutenantWilliam Hawford (d.1807)BWAS-17931.1798 - 1800LieutenantWilliam PateyBWAS-17931800 - 8.1800LieutenantSamuel Mark HollidayBWAS-17938.1800 - 1803LieutenantJames George Considine (d.1803)BWAS-17937.1803 - 31.12.1803LieutenantAbel Wantner ThomasBWAS-1793

Service History

7.2.1797Renamed GrapplerBWAS-1793
15.4.1797Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
7.1797Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
7.8.1797Refitted as a 12 gun Unrated Gun-brig
7.1799coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
1800At JerseyBWAS-1793
1803At JerseyBWAS-1793
31.12.1803At JerseyBritish Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Grounded on I;es Chausey, Jersey and takenBWAS-1793
31.12.1803Taken by the French Iles Chausey


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook

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