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Otter

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Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.1.1766BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down14.10.1766BWAS-1714
Launched26.10.1767BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.2.1768BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1756
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Adam HayesBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1748-1785
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked25.8.1778BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck95' 0"Imperial Feet28.956 
Length of Keel77' 9 ⅜"Imperial Feet23.4791 
Breadth27' 2"Imperial Feet8.2369 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Burthen395 3294Tons BM 

Armament


26.10.1767Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1768125 BWAS-1714

4 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
4.2.1768 - 24.11.1769Commander
Cornthwaite OmmanneyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1794
ADM 6/20/194
BWAS-1714
24.11.1769 - 10.1.1771Commander
William WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1750-1778
ADM 6/20/262
BWAS-1714
10.1.1771 - 26.11.1773Commander
John MorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1775
ADM 6/20/334
BWAS-1714
18.1.1775 - 25.8.1778Commander
Mathew SquireBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1799
ADM 6/21/66
BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
28.1.1771 - 26.11.1773Lieutenant
Roger CurtisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1810
ADM 6/20/344
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1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
8.4.1773 - 26.11.1773Supernumerary
William CarnegieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1771-1830
NAO

Service History


DateEventSource
14.10.1766Began building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
26.10.1767Completed building at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £6573.19.4dBWAS-1714
26.10.1767Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
13.2.1768Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
30.4.1768Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1.5.1770Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
11.1773Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1775Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1775Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £637.9.3dBWAS-1714
14.3.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
25.8.1778Wrecked near Cape Canaceral, FloridaBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Joseph Fleming on Friday 15th of October 2021 20:07

HMS Otter was one of three tenders to Lord Dunmore's fleet. The ship was captured by the American 7th Virginia Regiment on July 10, 1776 during the battle of Gwynn's Island. I don't know if the ship stayed in American Hands until wrecked.

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