Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorPhilemon EwerBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 5"Imperial Feet27.8638 
Length of Keel74' 10"Imperial Feet22.5552 
Breadth26' 1 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold12' 2"Imperial Feet3.683 
Burthen271 6394Tons BM 


22.12.1744Broadside 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

5 Commanding Officers

4.12.1744 - 18.6.1745CommanderJohn Green (d.1745) ADM 6/16/397ADM 6/1619.6.1745 - 23.6.1745CommanderPhilip Toms ADM 6/16/496ADM 6/1624.6.1745 - 5.5.1746CommanderJulian Legge (d.1762) ADM 6/16/499BWAS-17146.5.1746 - 23.2.1747/48CommanderRobert Sisson (d.1747/48)BWAS-171423.2.1747/48 - 27.2.1747/48CommanderAlexander Campbell (d.1758) ADM 6/17/323BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

17.12.1744 - 7.8.1745LieutenantJames Balfour (c.1718-1754) ADM 6/16/404ADM 6/1630.7.1747 - 27.2.1747/48LieutenantJohn King (d.1748) ADM 6/17/254ADM 6/17

Service History

22.12.1744building at Bursledon - Hampshire at a cost of £2177.10.0dBWAS-1714
27.12.1744Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
14.2.1744/45Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2311.8.3dBWAS-1714
5.1745In the ChannelBWAS-1714
24.9.1745Took the Privateer L'Indomptable
26.8.1746Took the Privateer Le Françoise
1748Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated  
27.2.1747/48Wrecked in the Scilly IslesBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive

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