Nominal Guns16BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1782BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWest Itchenor - Chichester BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEcho ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Edward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
Constructor Caleb Crookenden (d.1801)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck101' 2"Imperial Feet30.8356 
Length of Keel83' 0"Imperial Feet25.2984 
Breadth27' 9"Imperial Feet8.2623 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen339 9294Tons BM 


9.1.1784Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1781125Design Complement

9 Ship Commanders

1.11.1784 - 27.3.1786Commander George Tripp ADM 6/23/249BWAS-171427.3.1786 - 2.12.1788Commander Thomas Boulden Thompson (1766-1828) ADM 6/23/232BWAS-171416.1.1789 - 1.10.1790Commander John Trigge ADM 6/23/502BWAS-17141.10.1790 - 24.4.1793Commander Charles Craven Transfered ADM 6/24/72BWAS-171412.1792 - 20.2.1793Lieutenant Harry PowlettBWAS-171420.2.1793 - 1.1794Commander Harry Powlett ADM 6/24/212BWAS-17141.1794 - 1795Commander James Carpenter (1760-1845)BWAS-17141795 - 9.1795Commander James RossBWAS-17149.1795 - 3.2.1799Commander Henry Gunter (d.1806)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

20.1.1794 - 4.11.1795Lieutenant Edward Berry (1768-1831)ref:616

Service History

8.1782Began building at West Itchenor - Chichester BWAS-1714
9.1.1784Completed building at West Itchenor - Chichester at a cost of £3622.6.11dBWAS-1714
23.1.1784Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
17.12.1784Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1404.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.4.1787Sailed for Sierra LeoneBWAS-1714
2.12.1788Paid offADM 51
26.5.1789Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
3.6.1790Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
28.7.1791Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
12.1792Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4376.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.2.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1795Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
9.1795Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1795Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3862.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1797Took the Privateer L'Adolph (12)
12.6.1797Took the Cutter La Syrène (6) off the Dutch coast , off FleckeryN-GAZ
12.6.1797Took the Lugger Brutal (6) off the Dutch coast , off FleckeryN-GAZ
2.7.1797Took the Privateer Kleine Spearer (6) off the Scaw
4.4.1798Took the Unrated La Légère (10) in the North Sea
3.2.1799Wrecked off Flamborough HeadBWAS-1714


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Posted by Brian on Monday 21st of July 2014 21:22

1797/05 Took the Privateer L'Adolph
The London Gazette
Publication date:6 June 1797
Admiralty Office, June 10, 1797 - Letter from Captain Gunter, Commander of His Majesty's sloop Nautilus, dated at sea, May 24, 1797
I beg you will be pleased to inform the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty of the capture of the Adolphe French lugger privateer, after being chased four hours by his Majesty's sloop Nautilus and Sea-Gull, and previously started from under the land, and chased by his Majesty's hired cutter, the King George. She had been out nine days from Boulogne; she is quite new, had taken nothing, this being her first cruize, pierced for 12 guns, part of which she threw over board in the chase, and only five on board when taken, and eight swivels with thirty five men.

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