Lark

5033
Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered24.3.1761BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down5.5.1761BWAS-1714
Launched10.5.1762BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.5.1762BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRichmond ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byWilliam BatelyBWAS-1714
ConstructorElias BirdBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Burnt to avoid capture5.8.1778BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck127' 2"Imperial Feet38.7115 
Length of Keel108' 0 ⅜"Imperial Feet32.9279 
Breadth34' 5"Imperial Feet10.395 
Depth in Hold12' 0 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen680 6194Tons BM 

Armament


10.5.1762Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
12.3.1756210Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
14.5.1762 - 26.3.1763CaptainThomas Shirley (1733-1814) ADM 6/19/409BWAS-171427.3.1763 - 17.2.1766CaptainSamuel Thompson (1718-1813): on board from 31.3.1763 ADM 6/19/474BWAS-171417.2.1766 - 16.8.1766CaptainCharles Buckner (1736-c.1811) ADM 6/20/107ADM 6/2016.8.1766 - 31.8.1769CaptainJohn Falkingham (d.1777) ADM 6/20/206
Issued by Thomas Pye (1713-1785), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 22.6.1768
BWAS-1714
23.4.1773 - 20.2.1776CaptainPatrick Drummond (d.1792) ADM 6/20/490ADM 6/2020.2.1776 - 5.8.1778CaptainRichard Smith (c.1734-1811) ADM 6/21/160BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
17.2.1766 - 1767Vice-Admiral of the BlueThomas Pye (1713-1785)BWAS-1714

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
12.4.1764 - 26.3.1766MidshipmanWilliam Richardson (1746-1772)IPC1778 - 5.8.1778MidshipmanFrancis BrooksADM 6/21

Service History


DateEventSource
10.5.1762building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £6703.13.0dBWAS-1714
9.7.1762fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4139.2.8dBWAS-1714
14.9.1762Took the Privateer Galgo (18)
18.9.1762Took the Privateer Le Duc de Penthièvre (14)
14.12.1762Took the Privateer L'Heureux
26.3.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
21.5.1763Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
2.1766Recommissioned as flagship for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
31.8.1769

Paid off

BWAS-1714
17.10.1769SurveyedBWAS-1714
11.1769Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
5.1773Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £10019.6.0dBWAS-1714
2.1776RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1776Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.1776Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4546.9.7dBWAS-1714
24.7.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.8.1778Burnt and scuttled at Newport, Rhode Island to avoid capture by the FrenchBWAS-1714


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
IPCIndividual's Passing Certificate Document
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
 

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