Gunboat No. 27 -> 1797 Griper

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 TypeGunboat BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck76' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet23.1712 
Length of Keel62' 2 ½"Imperial Feet18.9103 
Breadth22' 7 ¼"Imperial Feet6.712 
Depth in Hold8' 3"Imperial Feet2.5146 
Draught Forward3' 11"Imperial Feet0.9398 
Draught Aft5' 7"Imperial Feet1.7018 
Burthen169 694Tons BM 


10.4.1797Broadside Weight = 114 Imperial Pound ( 51.699 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 24-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
179750Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

5.1797 - 5.1798LieutenantJames RyderBWAS-17935.1798 - 1799LieutenantMalcolm CowanBWAS-17931799 - 1800LieutenantEdward HodgeBWAS-17931800 - 1801LieutenantMathew GrahamBWAS-17931801LieutenantHenry Fyge JaunceyBWAS-1793

Service History

13.4.1797Began 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
7.8.1797Renamed GriperBWAS-1793
6.1798coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
1801In the BalticBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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