Kingfisher

5001
Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered27.11.1802BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down3.1803BWAS-1793
Launched10.3.1804BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardKing's Boatbuilders - Dover BWAS-1793
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn King (1769-?)BWAS-1793
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up10.1816BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck106' 0"Imperial Feet32.3088 
Length of Keel86' 11 ½"Imperial Feet26.2255 
Breadth28' 2"Imperial Feet8.5408 
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Draught Forward7' 10"Imperial Feet2.1336 
Draught Aft10' 11"Imperial Feet3.0734 
Burthen370Tons BM 

Armament


10.3.1804Broadside Weight = 304 Imperial Pound ( 137.864 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
29.1.1795121Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1804 - 6.1805CommanderRichard William Cribb (d.1805)BWAS-179330.7.1805 - 9.2.1806CommanderNathaniel Day Cochrane (1780-1844)BWAS-17939.2.1806 - 29.7.1806CommanderSir George Francis Seymour (1787-1870)BWAS-179329.7.1806 - 21.1.1809CommanderWilliam HepenstallBWAS-179321.1.1809 - 1813CommanderEwell TrittonBWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1813LieutenantJohn CampbellNBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
5.5.1804 - 18041st Class VolunteerWilliam BarnardNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
1804Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
26.3.1804Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
3.5.1804Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
1.1805Took the Privateer Les Deux Amis (6) off Cape San Juan
11.5.1805Took the Privateer Damas (4) off Cape San Juan
16.12.1805Took the Privateer Schooner L'Elizabeth (14) in the West Indies
6.2.1806Action of San Domingo
14.5.1806Action of 1806-05-14
11.10.1806Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
27.6.1808Took the Privateer L'Hercule (2)
12.3.1809Action of 1809-03-12
29.11.1811Action of 1811-11-29
2.2.1813Boats destroyed a convoy off CorfuBWAS-1793
1814Placed in OrdinaryBWAS-1793
10.1816Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
 

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Posted by Brian on Saturday 17th of May 2014 21:47

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 83:pt. 2 (1813).
Admiralty Office - July 31. A letter from Captain Tritton, of his Majesty's ship Kingfisher, dated Fano, Feb. 8, mentions that the boats of that ship, under the command of acting lieutenant G.H. Palmer, had succeeded in in capturing a trabacolo, and running on shore nine others, near St. Catherine's in the island of Corfu, five of which are totally destroyed. This service was executed under a very heavy fire of musketry, and a gun battery on the heights, by which two men were killed and seven wounded.

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