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Otter

5652
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.1.1741/42BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down2.1742BWAS-1714
Launched19.8.1742BWAS-1714
First Commissioned20.8.1742BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassWolf Class (1741)BWAS-1714
Constructor
John BuxtonBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1714
Sold16.6.1763BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck88' 6"Imperial Feet26.8415 
Length of Keel73' 9 ⅜"Imperial Feet22.2599 
Breadth25' 1"Imperial Feet7.6251 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen246 8794Tons BM 

Armament


19.8.1742Broadside Weight = 31 Imperial Pound ( 14.0588 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1741110Design Complement

16 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
20.8.1742 - 23.2.1742/43Commander
John GageBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1729
ADM 6/16/89
BWAS-1714
24.2.1742/43 - 15.4.1743Commander
Henry StewartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1744
ADM 6/16/209
Confirmed 16.8.1743
ADM 6/16
24.2.1742/43 - 15.4.1743Commander
Edward PrattenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1759
Transfered ADM 6/16/206
Confirmed 8.8.1743
BWAS-1714
2.6.1743 - 21.6.1743Commander
Abel SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1749
BWAS-1714
22.6.1743 - 29.9.1743Commander
Warwick CalmadyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1757
ADM 6/17/167
Issued by
Charles KnowlesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1718-1770
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 27.10.1746
ADM 6/17
22.1.1745/46 - 18.7.1747Commander
William CustBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1748
ADM 6/17/47
BWAS-1714
18.7.1747 - 12.1.1747/48Commander
William LloydBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1795
ADM 6/16/247
BWAS-1714
18.1.1747/48 - bef.10.8.1749Commander
John BallettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1746
† Discharged Dead ADM 6/17/311
BWAS-1714
11.6.1750 - 9.8.1751Commander
Coll McDonaldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1754
ADM 6/15/8
Issued by
Francis HolburneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1768

Confirmed 10.7.1751
BWAS-1714
16.5.1753 - 4.2.1755Commander
Sir Edward Le CrasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1778
ADM 6/18/69
BWAS-1714
18.2.1755 - 25.6.1756Commander
Alexander InnesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1786
ADM 6/18/138
BWAS-1714
1.7.1756 - 1.11.1756Commander
William TuckerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1762
ADM 6/18/288
ADM 6/18
1.11.1756 - 17.1.1757Commander
Thomas HarrisonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1766
ADM 6/18/318
BWAS-1714
17.1.1757 - 26.1.1757Commander
Alexander IrvineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1771
ADM 6/18/345
ADM 6/18
26.1.1757 - 16.5.1758Commander
George BlyteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1758
ADM 6/18/348
BWAS-1714
16.5.1758 - 3.4.1763Commander
Francis DavisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1770
ADM 6/18/513
BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.9.1742 - 3.9.1744Lieutenant
Paulett LoganBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1726-1735
Transfered ADM 6/16/100
ADM 6/16
29.2.1747/48 - 1.4.1748Lieutenant
Thomas GardinerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1757
ADM 6/17/325
ADM 6/17
1.4.1748 - 11.6.1750Lieutenant
Thomas SpurlingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1763
ADM 6/17/339
ADM 6/17
7.5.1755 - 19.2.1756Lieutenant
John SymonsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1799
Transfered ADM 6/18/161
ADM 6/18

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
4.2.1747/48 - 9.8.1751Master
Robert SheallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1759
Discharged ADM 107/4/378
ADM 107/4

Service History


DateEventSource
2.1742Began building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
19.8.1742Completed building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £1793.8.0dBWAS-1714
19.8.1742Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
13.9.1742Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1582.8.7dBWAS-1714
10.1742Sailed to the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
2.1743At La GuairaBWAS-1714
6.1743In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1.1746/47Took the Privateer
Le Succès (10) 1745-1747
French 10 Gun
Privateer Unknown

22.6.1747Took the Privateer
Le Volontaire (4) 1747-1747
French 4 Gun
Privateer Unknown

25.6.1747Took the Privateer
Le Maréchal de Saxe 1747-1747
French Privateer Unknown

10.7.1747Took the Privateer
Le Vigilant (10) 1747-1747
French 10 Gun
Privateer Unknown

1748In the Carolinas and BahamasBWAS-1714
10.1749Sheathed at South CarolinaBWAS-1714
1751In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
9.8.1751Paid offADM 51
14.9.1751SurveyedBWAS-1714
3.1752Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.1752Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2147.12.8dBWAS-1714
5.1753RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1753Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
7.1753Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1198.10.2dBWAS-1714
7.1755Off BrestBWAS-1714
1756refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1749.0.4dBWAS-1714
8.2.1756SurveyedBWAS-1714
19.10.1756Took the Privateer
La Comtesse de la Marck (6) 1756-1756
French 6 Gun
Privateer Unknown

8.12.1756Took the Privateer
Les Trois Maries 1756-1756
French Privateer Unknown

1.3.1757Surveyed and in good conditionBWAS-1714
5.1758RecommissionedBWAS-1714
3.4.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
26.5.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
16.6.1763Sold at Deptford for £810BWAS-1714

 

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Posted by tg on Friday 9th of December 2022 01:28

If anyone is researching this sloop or Edward LeCras, i found a reference to the Otter as being in Caplen[sic] (Caplin) Bay, Newfoundland, in Sept 1754 on the Newfoundland Grand Banks genealogy site ngb dot chebucto dot org. Ref Carter’s Papers Ferryland District 1750 – mid 1800’s. Also ref as Captain of the Otter in entry dated Oct 2 1752. ref Ferryland District Colonial records."1700's to 1800's early" Part 2 (K - Z)

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