Greyhound -> 1781 Viper

Nominal Guns12BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Burthen148Tons BM 


6.1780Broadside Weight = 26 Imperial Pound ( 11.7912 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck12 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

26.11.1780Broadside Weight = 64 Imperial Pound ( 29.024 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 12-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 4-Pounder

26.12.1799Broadside Weight = 24 Imperial Pound ( 10.884 kg)BG
Gun Deck12 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
26.12.179948 BG

10 Ship Commanders

6.1780 - 6.1783Lieutenant Richard BridgesBWAS-17146.1783 - 8.1786Lieutenant John CrymesBWAS-17141.1787 - 11.1791Lieutenant Stephen Rains (d.1824)BWAS-171411.1791 - 26.7.1793Lieutenant Robert GraemeBWAS-171410.1793 - 1800Lieutenant John Pengelly (d.1810)BWAS-17143.1800 - 9.1800Lieutenant Mathew ForsterBWAS-171422.9.1800 - 4.1801Lieutenant Jeremiah Coghlan (1775-1844)BWAS-17144.1801 - 10.1801Lieutenant William GibbonsBWAS-17149.1803 - 1807Lieutenant Robert JumpBWAS-17141807Lieutenant Daniel Carpenter (d.1838)BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

26.7.1800 - 1800Midshipman Silas Hiscott PaddonW005

Service History

6.1780Commissioned for the Scilly Isles and the Irish SeaBWAS-1714
1781Renamed ViperBWAS-1793
22.6.1782Took the Privateer Zeeleeuw (12) off the Lizard
6.1783Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
1797Took the Lugger Les Graces (4) ref:692
13.3.1797Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora de la Piedad (16) off Gibraltar
26.12.1799Took the Lugger Le Furet (14) off Dodman Point in his first cruise losing 1 woundedBG
29.7.1800Took the Gunboat Le Cerbère (3) Port Louis
1.4.1801Took the Privateer Le Héros (14) in the Channel
10.1801Paid offBWAS-1714


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Posted by Roger Collins on Wednesday 29th of February 2012 02:19

Hi I searching for more details of origins of this vessel. Could she have originally been 'Greyhound' belonging to J Knill customs officer at St Ives Cornwall as customs boat, later privateer with 2 letters of marque apparently sold into 'oblivion' in 1779?

Any details very welcome

best wishes rogerC

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