Hunter

4812
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.8.1755BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down8.1755BWAS-1714
Launched28.2.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassHunter ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
Constructorand Wells StantonBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714
Sold27.12.1780BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck88' 8"Imperial Feet26.8478 
Length of Keel75' 11 ⅜"Imperial Feet22.8695 
Breadth24' 3"Imperial Feet7.3343 
Depth in Hold7' 0"Imperial Feet2.1336 
Draught Forward6' 6"Imperial Feet1.9812 
Draught Aft8' 5"Imperial Feet2.5654 
Burthen237 5394Tons BM 

Armament


28.2.1756Broadside Weight = 33 Imperial Pound ( 14.9658 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1755100Design Complement

12 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
28.2.1756 - 2.12.1756CommanderGeorge Legge (d.1760) ADM 6/18/240BWAS-17142.12.1756 - 24.12.1756CommanderJohn Laforey (1729-1796)BWAS-171424.12.1756 - 22.5.1758CommanderSir William Hewett (5th Baronet of Headley Hall) (c.1724-1761) ADM 6/18/335ADM 6/182.8.1758 - 22.9.1759CommanderWilliam Adams (1716-1763) ADM 6/19/136
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761), North America
Commission confirmed 13.2.1760
BWAS-1714
22.9.1759 - 31.3.1760CommanderNathaniel Bateman (c.1723-1797) ADM 6/19/406ADM 6/1931.3.1760 - 4.4.1763CommanderJames Ferguson (1723-1793) ADM 6/19/449
Issued by Lord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770), North America
Commission confirmed 9.11.1762
BWAS-1714
4.4.1763 - 13.8.1766CommanderJohn Henshaw (d.1780) ADM 6/19/478BWAS-171413.8.1766 - 26.5.1768CommanderHenry Davis (c.1732-1776) ADM 6/20/132ADM 6/2023.6.1768 - 1.7.1771CommanderJohn Henshaw (d.1780) ADM 6/20/207BWAS-17141.7.1771 - 2.1773CommanderJeremiah Morgan (d.1773)† ADM 6/20/388BWAS-17142.3.1773 - 12.6.1776CommanderThomas Mackenzie (1753-1813) ADM 6/20/480BWAS-171412.6.1776 - 21.12.1779CommanderJohn Boyle ADM 6/21/194BWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
4.2.1771 - 9.1771MidshipmanWilliam Bligh (1754-1817)ref:616

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
27.7.1770 - 3.2.1771Able SeamanWilliam Bligh (1754-1817)ref:616

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1755Began building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
26.2.1756Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
28.2.1756Completed building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £1817.4.8dBWAS-1714
23.4.1756Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1791.11.3dBWAS-1714
12.1756At LouisbourgBWAS-1714
16.4.1757Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
8.1757Louisbourg Expedition
25.1.1759Sailed for the BahamasBWAS-1714
7.1760At PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1761On the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
8.1.1761Took the Privateer La Revanche
3.5.1763Surveyed and then recommissionedBWAS-1714
1767Liverpool areaBWAS-1714
1773Irish sea and Scottish coastBWAS-1714
21.6.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
23.11.1775Taken by the American by two American privateers off Boston
24.11.1775Taken by Greyhound (28)
9.9.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1779Put out of commission as unfit at New York and used as a prison shipBWAS-1714
1779Refitted as a Other Vessels Prison Ship
27.12.1780Sold at New YorkBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
 

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