Kingfisher

4999
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.1.1766BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.1769BWAS-1714
Launched13.7.1770BWAS-1714
First Commissioned25.9.1770
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJoseph Harris (d.1773)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Burnt to avoid capture7.8.1778BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 8 ½"Imperial Feet29.2735 
Length of Keel78' 10 ½"Imperial Feet23.7871 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen302 894Tons BM 

Armament


13.7.1770Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
25.9.1770 - 10.1.1771CommanderEvelyn Sutton ADM 6/20/294ADM 6/2010.1.1771 - 24.6.1771CommanderEdward Thompson (d.1787) ADM 6/20/334ADM 6/2024.6.1771 - 7.7.1772CommanderThomas Jordan (d.c.1779) ADM 6/20/384BWAS-171411.9.1772 - 20.2.1773CommanderJacob Lobb (d.1773)BWAS-17149.4.1773 - 15.4.1774CommanderGeorge Montagu (1750-1829) ADM 6/20/515
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795)
Commission confirmed 15.9.1773
BWAS-1714
14.11.1775 - 24.1.1778CommanderAlexander Graeme (1741-1818) ADM 6/21/136BWAS-171424.1.1778 - 30.7.1778CommanderHugh Cloberry Christian (1747-1798) ADM 6/21/484
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 7.12.1778
BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
5.1775Acting LieutenantPhilip D'Auvergne (1754-1816)ref:616

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
10.1773 - 1776MidshipmanIsaac Coffin (1759-1839)ref:616

Service History


DateEventSource
1.1769Began building at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
13.7.1770Completed building at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £6503.11.0dBWAS-1714
13.7.1770Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
21.11.1770Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.8.1771Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.1.1775Sailed from New York for Turtle BayNDARI
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
27.8.1777Action in Narragansett Bay
7.8.1778Burnt to avoid capture at Rhode IslandBWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1775/01/011775/01/01North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775Samuel Graves (1713-1787)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NDARINaval Documents of the American Revolution Vol IWilliam Bell Clark, EditorDigital Book
 

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