Kingfisher

4998
Kingsfisher
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.4.1745BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down5.1745BWAS-1714
Named28.12.1745BWAS-1714
Launched12.12.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.12.1745
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardGosport BWAS-1714
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn DarleyBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigSnow
Sold3.5.1763BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 6"Imperial Feet27.8892 
Length of Keel75' 1"Imperial Feet22.8651 
Breadth26' 3"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold11' 11 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen275 1994Tons BM 

Armament


12.12.1745Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement
1748125 BWAS-1714

12 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.12.1745 - 3.8.1747CommanderWilliam Saltern Willett (d.1769) ADM 6/17/35BWAS-17143.8.1747 - 24.1.1751/52CommanderRichard Edwards (1715-1795) ADM 6/17/254BWAS-17144.12.1753 - 20.1.1754CommanderHenry Speke (d.1760) ADM 6/18/83BWAS-171420.1.1754 - 17.2.1755CommanderBest Mihell (d.1755) ADM 6/18/88BWAS-171417.2.1755 - 4.7.1755CommanderJohn Harrison (c.1720-1791) ADM 6/18/349
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 27.1.1757
BWAS-1714
4.7.1755 - 3.1756CommanderHenry Smith (d.1758)BWAS-171425.2.1756 - 11.3.1756CommanderSir William Hewett (5th Baronet of Headley Hall) (d.1761) ADM 6/18/319
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 6.11.1756
ADM 6/18
11.3.1756 - 7.1756CommanderRichard Toby (d.c.1773) ADM 6/18/446
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 19.10.1757
BWAS-1714
23.7.1756 - 19.1.1758CommanderRichard King (1730-1806)BWAS-171427.9.1758 - 6.2.1760CommanderSabine Deacon (d.1759) ADM 6/18/540BWAS-17146.2.1760 - 3.6.1760CommanderThe Hon. John Leveson Gower (1740-1792) ADM 6/19/134ADM 6/191.7.1760 - 3.1763CommanderJames Worth ADM 6/19/178BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1.1.1745/46 - 19.8.1747LieutenantAndrew Dishington (d.1780) ADM 6/17/37ADM 6/1719.8.1747 - 26.4.1750LieutenantJames Sandilands ADM 6/17/259ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
5.1745Began building at Gosport BWAS-1714
12.12.1745Completed building at Gosport at a cost of £2043.10.0dBWAS-1714
12.12.1745fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2009.1.0dBWAS-1714
19.3.1745/46Took the Privateer San Pedro
19.6.1747Took the Privateer L'Attrape si tu peux
1748Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop BWAS-1714
5.1749Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
24.1.1751/52Paid off at Woolwich Dockyard ADM 6/18
25.1.1752Paid offBWAS-1714
3.3.1752SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1753Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1753RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1754Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2537.15.10dBWAS-1714
24.3.1754Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
11.1.1756Capture of Geriah
17.10.1757SurveyedBWAS-1714
9.1758RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1758Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
9.1758Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1758Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £5090.16.6dBWAS-1714
12.11.1758Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
16.1.1759Attack on Martinique
20.1.1759Capture of Guadeloupe
4.1760fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £994.12.7dBWAS-1714
7.1760Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop BWAS-1714
1.7.1760RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.6.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
1762On the Downs StationBWAS-1714
3.1763Paid offBWAS-1714
2.4.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.5.1763Sold at Woolwich for £805BWAS-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 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
 

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