Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1777BWAS-1714
First Commissioned12.5.1778
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorIsrael Pownoll (d.1779)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7"Imperial Feet29.2904 
Length of Keel78' 10"Imperial Feet23.7744 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen301 8794Tons BM 


27.5.1778Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Forecastle4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

12.5.1778 - 14.10.1779CommanderWilliam Denne (c.1733-1791) ADM 6/21/403BWAS-171430.1.1779 - 23.1.1780CommanderJohn Blankett (1741-1801) ADM 6/21/505BWAS-171425.1.1780 - 2.1.1782CommanderWilliam Stevens (d.1782) ADM 6/22/245
Issued by Edward Hughes (1720-1794), East Indies
Commission confirmed 5.2.1781
1782 - 28.11.1782CommanderJohn SuttonBWAS-171428.11.1782 - 28.6.1783CommanderRichard Hill (d.1799)BWAS-1714

Service History

4.1777Began building at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
27.5.1778Completed building at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £8640.13.4dBWAS-1714
27.5.1778Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
27.7.1778Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.3.1779Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
9.10.1781Took the Privateer Schooner Racoon (8)
9.10.1781Took the Privateer Ship Royal Louis (22)
30.10.1781Took the Privateer Brigantine Rambler (10)
8.1782Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1782Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £3656.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.12.1782Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
28.6.1783Burnt by accident at Tortula, Virgin Islands. 3 men were killedBWAS-1714


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