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Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1781BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSandgate - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassTisiphone Class (1779)BWAS-1714
Joshua StewartBritish
Ship Builder
Ship TypeFireshipBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 10 ½"Imperial Feet32.9311 
Length of Keel90' 7"Imperial Feet27.6098 
Breadth29' 9"Imperial Feet8.8646 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen426 4294Tons BM 


1.2.1782Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 12-Pounder

2.1793Broadside Weight = 133 Imperial Pound ( 60.3156 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
177955Design Complement

16 Ship Commanders

23.8.1781 - 16.2.1782Commander
George TeerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1758-1783
ADM 6/22/330
16.2.1782 - 7.6.1782Commander
Thomas LewisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1783
ADM 6/22/412
ADM 6/22
8.6.1782 - 15.6.1782Commander
St Alban RoyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1783
ADM 6/22/478
ADM 6/22
15.6.1782 - 4.1783Commander
James Robert MosseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1765-1801
1.12.1787 - 8.9.1789Commander
John LawfordBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1832
Transfered ADM 6/23/440
ADM 6/23
14.8.1790 - 21.9.1790Commander
Thomas ParrBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1800
ADM 6/24/60
ADM 6/24
28.9.1790 - 22.11.1790Commander
John LaugharneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1816
ADM 6/24/71
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 25.3.1791Commander
Solomon FerrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1801
Transfered ADM 6/24/89
ADM 6/24
26.3.1791 - 9.1791Commander
Robert FaulknorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1794
ADM 6/24/112
10.4.1793 - 7.10.1793Commander
James Nicoll MorrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1825
7.10.1793 - 1795Commander
Richard RaggettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1822
ADM 6/25/5
Confirmed 15.1.1794
1796 - 3.1798Commander
Ambrose CroftonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1800
5.3.1798 - 29.4.1802Commander
Henry Folkes EdgellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1814
29.4.1802 - 1803Commander
Robert ForbesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1816
8.1803 - 5.1804Commander
Edward KittoeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1812
5.1804 - 2.1809Commander
Richard JanverinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1810

5 Commissioned Officers

16.8.1790 - 21.11.1790Lieutenant
William MilnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1808
ADM 6/24/60
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 28.3.1791Lieutenant
William Conolly StaplesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1795
ADM 6/24/91
ADM 6/24
29.3.1791 - 30.3.1791Lieutenant
Richard BagotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1795
ADM 6/24/114
ADM 6/24
31.3.1791 - 1791First Lieutenant
Richard BagotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1795
ADM 6/24/114
ADM 6/24
31.3.1791 - 1791Second Lieutenant
Augustus BrineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1837
ADM 6/24/114
ADM 6/24

2 Petty Officers

1.1800 - 1.1803Midshipman
Edward Henry A'CourtBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1835
1.9.1803 - 1.1805Midshipman
Francis Anderson CalderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1815

1 Crewman

1795 - 17981st Class Volunteer
George BenthamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1846

Service History

1.1781Began building at Sandgate - Kent BWAS-1714
1.2.1782Completed building at Sandgate - Kent at a cost of £9365.1.7dBWAS-1714
24.2.1782coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
3.1782Commissioned for the Channel and Western SquadronBWAS-1714
4.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1787Began coppering at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
1.1788Completed coppering at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1790Began coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.1790Completed coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1398.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1791fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £938.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
11.1792Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3651.0.0dBWAS-1714
16.5.1793Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
25.7.1793Took the Brig
Le Lutin (6) 1788-1793
French 6 Gun
Unrated Brig
off Newfoundland

30.7.1798Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1801Surveying in NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.1803Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1803Recommissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1714
9.1803Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
2.1809Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
19.7.1817Sold at Portsmouth to Mr Warwick for £950BWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 4th of February 2019 06:08

24 Apr 1804 J Nightingale, a seaman of the Pluto was Court Martialled and sentenced to 50 lashes due to his normally good conduct.
Circa 5 May 1804 Capt W H Kittoe, to the Pluto, vice Forbes, in consequence of an old wound from the last war showing unpleasant symptoms.
Circa 19 May 1804 Capt Janverin of the Sea Fencibles at Brading, apptd to the Pluto, vice Capt W H Kittoe.

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