Grasshopper -> 1779 Basilisk

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned29.1.1777BWAS-1714
ShipyardNew York - New York BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck94' 0"Imperial Feet28.6512 
Length of Keel88' 5"Imperial Feet26.8383 
Breadth26' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet7.9439 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen276 194Tons BM 


1.1777Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

9.1779Broadside Weight = 16 Imperial Pound ( 7.256 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.177790 BWAS-1714
9.177945 BWAS-1714

4 Commanding Officers

29.1.1777 - 15.1.1778CommanderWilliam Truscott (1734-1798) ADM 6/21/252BWAS-171415.1.1778 - 26.3.1779CommanderRobert Boyle Nicholas (1744-1780) ADM 6/21/422
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 11.6.1778
ADM 6/21
2.9.1779 - 24.7.1781CommanderArthur Phillip (1738-1814) ADM 6/22/23ADM 6/2224.7.1781 - 3.3.1783LieutenantJames Godwin (c.1740-1811) ADM 6/22/315BWAS-1714

Service History

4.1.1777Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
11.4.1777Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3720.8.6dBWAS-1714
16.5.1777Sailed for the Leeward Islands
11.1778Paid off
8.11.1778Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1779Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £10.0.0dBWAS-1714
27.8.1779Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
27.8.1779Renamed BasiliskBWAS-1714
9.1779Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1780Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2412.6.3dBWAS-1714
7.1781Recommissioned as a slop ship for PlymouthBWAS-1714
7.1781Refitted as a Other Vessels Slop Ship

Paid off

4.1783Sold at Plymouth for £1,000BWAS-1714

Notes on Ship

American London built in 1771


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
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive

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