Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.1781BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSandgate - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassTisiphone ClassBWAS-1714
Constructor Joshua StewartBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-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

15 Ship Commanders

23.8.1781 - 16.2.1782Commander George Teer (d.1789) ADM 6/22/330BWAS-171416.2.1782 - 7.6.1782Commander Thomas Lewis (c.1741-1796) ADM 6/22/412ADM 6/228.6.1782 - 15.6.1782Commander St Alban Roy (c.1731-1796) ADM 6/22/478ADM 6/2215.6.1782 - 4.1783Commander James Robert Mosse (d.1801)BWAS-17141.12.1787 - 8.9.1789Commander John Lawford (1756-1842) Transfered ADM 6/23/440ADM 6/2314.8.1790 - 21.9.1790Commander Thomas Parr (d.1800) ADM 6/24/60ADM 6/2428.9.1790 - 22.11.1790Commander John Laugharne ADM 6/24/71ADM 6/2426.3.1791 - 9.1791Commander Robert Faulknor (1763-1795) ADM 6/24/112BWAS-171410.4.1793 - 7.10.1793Commander James Nicoll Morris (1763-1830)BWAS-17147.10.1793 - 1795Commander Richard Raggett ADM 6/25/5
Confirmed 15.1.1794
1796 - 3.1798Commander Ambrose CroftonBWAS-17145.3.1798 - 29.4.1802Commander Henry Folkes Edgell (1767-1846)BWAS-171429.4.1802 - 1803Commander Robert Forbes (d.1819)BWAS-17148.1803 - 5.1804Commander Edward KittoeBWAS-17145.1804 - 2.1809Commander Richard Janverin (d.1835)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

16.8.1790 - 1790Lieutenant William Milner (d.1802) ADM 6/24/60ADM 6/24

2 Petty Officers

1.1800 - 1.1803Midshipman Edward Henry A'Court (1783-1855)NBD18491.9.1803 - 1.1805Midshipman Francis Anderson CalderNBD1849

1 Crewman

1795 - 17981st Class Volunteer George Bentham (1787-?)NBD1849

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) 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


Previous comments on this page

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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