Lightning

5099
Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered11.3.1739/40BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down23.4.1740BWAS-1714
Launched24.10.1740BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassBasilisk ClassBWAS-1714
ConstructorHenry BirdBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel BWAS-1714
Foundered16.6.1746BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck90' 10"Imperial Feet27.432 
Length of Keel73' 10 ½"Imperial Feet22.2631 
Breadth26' 5 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen275 794Tons BM 

Armament


24.10.1740Broadside Weight = 23.5 Imperial Pound ( 10.6576 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

7.1741Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
174060Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.9.1740 - 7.10.1741CommanderAlexander A'Court (c.1710-1742) ADM 6/15/338BWAS-17148.10.1741 - 11.10.1741CommanderGeorge Gosling (d.1746) ADM 6/15/466ADM 6/1512.10.1741 - 18.12.1743CommanderThomas Harrison (d.1749) ADM 6/15/467BWAS-171419.12.1743 - 5.6.1744CommanderLachlan Leslie (d.1762) ADM 6/16/251BWAS-17146.6.1744 - 3.4.1745CommanderArthur Gardiner (c.1716-1758) ADM 6/16/317BWAS-17144.4.1745 - 16.6.1746CommanderRichard Knight (d.1798) ADM 6/17/126
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 11.7.1746
BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
27.9.1740 - 4.10.1741LieutenantHenry Slade ADM 6/15/338ADM 6/1529.10.1742 - 18.12.1743LieutenantPhilip De Lamotte (d.1747) ADM 6/16/422
Commission confirmed 12.1.1744/45
ADM 6/16
29.1.1744/45 - 3.4.1745LieutenantIsaac Marsh (d.1750) ADM 6/17/55
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 4.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
23.4.1740Began building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
24.10.1740Completed building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £5197.9.10dBWAS-1714
24.10.1740Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.12.1740Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.1741fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £582.4.4dBWAS-1714
10.1741Recommissioned for JamaicaBWAS-1714
5.1743Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.1743Recommissioned for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.1744Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2475.9.5dBWAS-1714
16.6.1746Capsized and sank off Isla Goregona near LivornoBWAS-1714

 

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