Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned13.11.1778
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn PerryBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck97' 6"Imperial Feet29.5874 
Length of Keel79' 6 ¾"Imperial Feet24.0983 
Breadth26' 11"Imperial Feet7.929 
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Burthen306 3794Tons BM 


11.1778Broadside Weight = 18 Imperial Pound ( 8.1632 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.177845 BWAS-1714

5 Commanding Officers

13.11.1778 - 22.12.1779CommanderThomas Allen (c.1733-1781) ADM 6/21/474BWAS-17147.6.1780 - 1.1.1781CommanderJames Williams ADM 6/22/140BWAS-17141.1.1781 - 16.4.1781CommanderHenry d'Esterre Darby ADM 6/22/219BWAS-171427.4.1781 - 1781CommanderAlexander Christie ADM 6/22/304
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), Portugal
Commission confirmed 27.6.1781
ADM 6/22
24.9.1781 - 3.3.1783CommanderJames Alms (d.1816)BWAS-1714

Service History

6.11.1778building at Blackwall at a cost of £3505.1.10dBWAS-1714
6.11.1778Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.4.1779Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2625.17.11dBWAS-1714
22.12.1779Paid offADM 51
6.1780Began coppering and fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
7.1780Completed coppering and fitting at a cost of £1320.16.4dBWAS-1714
16.4.1781Battle of Porto Praya
16.4.1781Taken by the French Porto Prayathe British Porto Praya

Paid off

ADM 51
21.3.1783Sold at Woolwich for £2,895BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive

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