Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.1775BWAS-1714
First Commissioned8.3.1776BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardCuckolds Point - Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSphinx ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor John Randall (d.1776)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up9.1805BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Length of Keel89' 6 ½"Imperial Feet27.1399 
Breadth30' 1 ⅜"Imperial Feet9.1535 
Depth in Hold9' 8"Imperial Feet2.9464 
Draught Forward7' 9 ½"Imperial Feet2.1463 
Draught Aft12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen431 8894Tons BM 


20.3.1776Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1773140Design Complement

12 Ship Commanders

8.3.1776 - 22.2.1777Captain George Keith Elphinstone (1745/46-1823) ADM 6/21/168BWAS-171422.2.1777 - 1.2.1778CaptainThe Hon. Charles Phipps (1753-1786) Transfered ADM 6/21/472
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 9.11.1778
ADM 6/21
13.9.1780 - 21.8.1782Captain James Richard Dacres (1749-1810) Transfered ADM 6/22/169BWAS-171421.10.1782 - 28.3.1783Captain St Alban Roy (c.1731-1796) ADM 6/22/531BWAS-171426.6.1783 - 1.2.1787Captain George Palmer ADM 6/23/89BWAS-17148.5.1787 - 15.3.1791Captain John Gibson (c.1740-1824) ADM 6/23/396BWAS-171415.3.1791 - 12.1794Captain George Palmer ADM 6/24/110BWAS-17145.1798 - 8.1799Commander James OswaldBWAS-17148.1799 - 3.9.1799Lieutenant Henry Compton (d.1847)BWAS-17143.9.1799 - 1801Commander Henry Compton (d.1847)BWAS-17143.1803 - 5.1804Commander John Melhuish (d.1804)BWAS-17145.1804 - 1805Commander Thomas Searle (1777-1849)BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

1.6.1803 - 4.6.1804Master Edward BrownADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers

1780 - 1781Midshipman Edward Walpole Browne (1767-1846)NBD18493.1791 - 6.1793Midshipman Francis Beauman (1778-1846)NBD1849

Service History

1768Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2478.6.7dBWAS-1714
11.1775Began building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
20.3.1776Completed building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £4507.1.4dBWAS-1714
20.3.1776Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
26.5.1776Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4310.5.10dBWAS-1714
30.7.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
26.9.1776Took the Schooner Viper (6) in the Atlantic, at 41o14'N, 52o29'W
2.4.1777Took the Schooner Defence (12)
5.4.1777Took the Sloop Sachem (10)
11.10.1779Took the Privateer America
22.11.1779Took the Ship La Thérèse
1780refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £4187.9.11dBWAS-1714
1.1780Operations against Charleston
6.1780Returned home to pay offBWAS-1714
17.7.1780Paid offADM 6/22
1.12.1780Took the Brigantine Le Comte d'Avaux (12)
7.1.1781Took the East Indiaman Catharina Wilhelmina
30.10.1781Took the Privateer Deane
1782refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1286.12.8dBWAS-1714
3.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
1783refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2305.16.1dBWAS-1714

Paid off

1784refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1731.3.10dBWAS-1714
1785Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714

Paid off

5.1787refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4166.12.3dBWAS-1714
1789making good defects at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1425.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2224.0.0dBWAS-1714
1791Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
1792Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2017.0.0dBWAS-1714
18.3.1792Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1794refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1483.0.0dBWAS-1714

Paid off

1798refitting at Blackwall - London at a cost of £6023.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1798Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
28.11.1798Took the Privateer Le San Lion (16)
28.11.1798Took the Sloop San Leon (16) on the Lisbon Station
2.1799Operations at AlexandriaBWAS-1714
5.1799Operations in Naples BayBWAS-1714

Paid off

14.9.1803Bombardment of Dieppe
5.6.1804Paid offADM 51
9.1805Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


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