Lucifer -> 1779 Avenger

Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck97' 10"Imperial Feet29.5656 
Length of Keel79' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet24.0856 
Breadth28' 4 ¼"Imperial Feet8.5408 
Depth in Hold12' 11"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen339 3294Tons BM 


10.1778Broadside Weight = 18 Imperial Pound ( 8.1632 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

13.12.1779Broadside Weight = 35.5 Imperial Pound ( 16.0996 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck16 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.177845 BWAS-1714
13.12.1779120 BWAS-1714

7 Commanding Officers

2.10.1778 - 15.5.1780CommanderHowell Lloyd (d.1780) ADM 6/21/456BWAS-17141.1780 - 5.1780CommanderPeter Aplin (1753-1817)BWAS-171415.5.1780 - 1.12.1780CommanderCharles Stirling (1760-1833) ADM 6/22/166
Issued by Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794), North America
Commission confirmed 5.9.1780
1.12.1780 - 7.5.1781CommanderRupert George ADM 6/23/167
Issued by Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794), North America
Commission confirmed 24.11.1783
ADM 6/23
3.7.1781 - 28.11.1781CommanderIsaac Coffin (1759-1839)BWAS-171429.11.1781 - 2.8.1782CommanderAlexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832) ADM 6/22/496
Issued by Robert Digby (1732-1815), North America
Commission confirmed 17.7.1782
ADM 6/22
2.8.1782 - 6.1783CommanderAlexander Scott (d.1804) ADM 6/23/74
Issued by Robert Digby (1732-1815), North America
Commission confirmed 23.5.1783

Service History

9.10.1778building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £3899.19.5dBWAS-1714
9.10.1778Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
17.12.1778Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2706.8.0dBWAS-1714
23.5.1779Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
13.12.1779Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Unknown
13.12.1779Renamed AvengerBWAS-1714
12.6.1783Condemned and sold at New York for £1,519.17.9dBWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 25th of June 2012 06:20

5 April 1779 Lucifer 8 [fire ship] commander Howell Lloyd at Portsmouth

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