Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned13.11.1778BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardBlackwall Yard - Blackwall BWAS-1714
Constructor John Perry (1743-1810)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-1714


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 Ship Commanders

13.11.1778 - 22.12.1779Commander Thomas Allen (c.1733-1781) ADM 6/21/474BWAS-17147.6.1780 - 1.1.1781Commander James Williams ADM 6/22/140BWAS-17141.1.1781 - 16.4.1781Commander Henry d'Esterre Darby ADM 6/22/219BWAS-171427.4.1781 - 24.9.1781Commander Alexander Christie ADM 6/22/304
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), Portugal - Iberian Peninsula
Confirmed 27.6.1781
ADM 6/22
24.9.1781 - 3.3.1783Commander James Alms (c.1755-1816) ADM 6/22/435BWAS-1714

Service History

6.11.1778building at Blackwall - London at a cost of £3505.1.10dBWAS-1714
6.11.1778Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
8.4.1779Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich 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 Praya
16.4.1781Taken by the British Porto Praya

Paid off

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


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