Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down28.6.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPorcupine ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorPeter Baker (1732-1796)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck114' 7"Imperial Feet34.7599 
Length of Keel94' 9 ¾"Imperial Feet28.6703 
Breadth32' 2"Imperial Feet9.779 
Depth in Hold10' 2 ¾"Imperial Feet3.0671 
Burthen521 7794Tons BM 


6.1778Broadside Weight = 105 Imperial Pound ( 47.6175 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

1 Commanding Officer

29.5.1778 - 11.10.1780CaptainJames Jones (d.1780)† ADM 6/21/416BWAS-1714

Service History

28.6.1777Began building at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
25.6.1778Completed building at Liverpool - Lancashire at a cost of £5910.18.3dBWAS-1714
25.6.1778Began fitting at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714

Captain Jones of the Penelope has asked for her to be supplied with 2 6-pounders in place of her 2 3-pounders, to serve as chase guns. Opine that the 2 3-pounders supplied to her and other ships of her class, are fully sufficient and no alterations should be made.

17.10.1778Completed fitting at Liverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
14.11.1778Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
20.12.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4573.13.8dBWAS-1714
24.12.1778Sailed for Jamaica
31.10.1779Took two Spanish merchantmen and sent them in. (extracted from Admiral Parker's dispatches by David Hepper)
14.11.1779Took a Spanish guarda-costa sailing from Puerto Rico. (extracted from Admiral Parker's dispatches by David Hepper)
27.11.1779The Spanish Hermosa Mariana was sent into Port Royal. (extracted from Admiral Parker's dispatches by David Hepper)
2.1780Admiral Parker reports "...I am under great apprehension for the Penelope - she was expected some weeks before I sailed - it is not likely that she is taken and therefore we conjecture that some accident has happened to her at sea"
4.1780Admiral Parker reports "...there being no doubt of the loss of the Penelope"

Notes on Ship

Initial cost to build was £5,910.18.3d, plus fitting at Plymouth at £4,573.13.8d


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Sunday 6th of April 2014 02:25

Edinburgh Advertiser, April 14, 1780
The following melancholy is just received at the Admiralty, viz. that as the Penelope sloop, who had captured three Spanish prizes in the West Indies was returning with the prisoners into Jamaica, a violent gale came on, which forced most of the Penelope's crew to go aloft during which time the Spaniards who were not confined, rose, cut Capt. Jones throat, and massacred every man upon and between decks, afterwards shot the remainder as they descended from aloft and then stood away with the ship for the Havannah. Capt. Jones son, who was put prize master into one of the Spanish vessels brought over the above horrid relation.

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