Gunboat No. 26 -> 1797 Growler

Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1797/02BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardBlackwall BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCourser Class
Designed byWilliam RuleBWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn PerryBWAS-1793
Ship TypeGunboat


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck76' 2"Imperial Feet23.1733 
Length of Keel62' 4 ¾"Imperial Feet18.9167 
Breadth22' 6 ½"Imperial Feet6.7183 
Depth in Hold8' 3"Imperial Feet2.5146 
Draught Forward4' 0"Imperial Feet1.2192 
Draught Aft5' 10 ½"Imperial Feet1.5367 
Burthen168 5294Tons BM 


1797/04/10Broadside 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

Commanding Officers

1797/05 - 1798/05LieutenantWilliam WallBWAS-17931797/07 - 1797/12/21LieutenantJohn HollingsworthBWAS-1793

Service History

1797/04/13Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1793
1797/07Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1793
1797/08/07Refitted as a 12 gun Unrated Gun-brig
1797/08/07Renamed GrowlerBWAS-1793
1797/12/21Taken by L'Espiègle (10) off Dungeness, Le Rusé (14) off DungenessW005
1809Retaken in a very decayed state at Veere when that port was capturedBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
W005 Naval History of Great Britain Volume 2 from 1793 to the accession of Georges IVWilliam JamesWeb Site

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Posted by Robert Boon on Wednesday 15th of February 2017 13:21

On the 20th of December [1797], in the middle of a dark night, close off Dungeness, the british gun-brig Growler, of ten 18-pounder carronades and two long guns, and 50 men and boys, commanded by lieutenant John Hollingsworth, escorting, in company with some other ships of war, a coasting convoy, was surprised, boarded, and, after the loss of her commander, second officer, (both mortally wounded,) and several of her crew, carried, by the two french lugger-privateers Espiégle, of ten french 4~pounders and at least 80 men, commanded by captain Duchesne, and Rusé, of eight 4-pounders and at least 70 men, captain Denis Fourmentin; and both of whom mistook the Growler, in the first instance, for a merchant vessel. Having, at a very trifling loss, possessed themselves of the british gun-brig, the two
privateers succeeded, the next morning, in reaching Boulogne with their prize; and, as might naturally be expected, captains Duchesne and Fourmentin experienced from the inhabitants the most joyous reception. This was not all. The french minister of marine wrote the two captains a very flattering letter; which, indeed, was no less than they deserved.

The Naval History of Great Britain 1793-1820 by William James (1826) Vol 2 page 135

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