Porcupine

5872
Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered21.6.1776BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down7.1776BWAS-1714
Launched17.12.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Ship ClassPorcupine ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor Edward GreavesBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypePost Ship BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up4.1805BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck114' 3"Imperial Feet34.7526 
Length of Keel94' 2"Imperial Feet28.6639 
Breadth32' 2 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Draught Forward7' 7"Imperial Feet2.3114 
Draught Aft12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Burthen519 5794Tons BM 

Armament


17.12.1777Broadside Weight = 105 Imperial Pound ( 47.6175 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1776160Design Complement

15 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
6.12.1777 - 19.4.1779CaptainThe Hon. William Clement Finch (1753-1794) ADM 6/21/342BWAS-171428.4.1779 - 23.1.1780Captain Hugh Seymour Conway (d.1801) ADM 6/21/546BWAS-171423.1.1780 - 9.2.1780Captain Erasmus Gower (1742-1814) ADM 6/22/132
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 18.5.1780
ADM 6/22
2.2.1780 - 23.12.1782CaptainSir Charles Henry Knowles (2nd Baronet) (1754-1831) ADM 6/22/143BWAS-171423.12.1782 - 10.3.1783Captain John Gibson (c.1740-1824) ADM 6/22/559BWAS-171412.5.1786 - 16.6.1789Captain Lambert Brabazon (1742-1811) ADM 6/23/333BWAS-171416.6.1789 - 26.1.1791Captain George Martin (1765-1847) ADM 6/23/531ADM 6/2326.1.1791 - 30.11.1791Captain George Martin (1765-1847) ADM 6/24/104ADM 6/2430.11.1791 - 22.8.1792Captain George Martin (1765-1847) ADM 6/24/148ADM 6/2422.8.1792 - 24.5.1793Captain Edward Buller (1764-1824) ADM 6/24/172BWAS-171424.5.1793 - 13.6.1793Captain Robert Barlow (1757-1843) ADM 6/24/241ADM 6/2413.6.1793 - 8.1795Captain Manley Dixon (1757-1838) ADM 6/24/245BWAS-17148.1795 - 7.1797Captain John DraperBWAS-17147.1797 - 10.1798Captain Charles Dudley PaterBWAS-171410.1798 - 1802Captain Andrew Fitzherbert EvansBWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
22.6.1793 - 7.7.1795Master Charles ThompsonADM29-1

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
9.1792 - 7.1793Midshipman Patrick Campbell (1773-1841)ref:6161797 - 23.11.1797Midshipman Charles Bertram (1777-?)NBD1849

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
9.6.1786 - 19.7.1787Able Seaman Thomas Hayward (1767-1797)NBD184926.10.1790 - 3.17911st Class Volunteer Francis Beauman (1778-1846)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
7.1776Began building at Limehouse - London BWAS-1714
17.12.1777Completed building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £5392.12.10dBWAS-1714
17.12.1777Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
14.2.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4604.13.8dBWAS-1714
25.3.1778Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
25.12.1779Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.1780Sailed to the relief of GibraltarBWAS-1714
8.1.1780Attack on the Caracas Convoy
22.7.1781Fought an indecisive action against two Spanish XebecsBWAS-1714
31.7.1781Action of 1781-07-31
6.10.1783

Paid off

ADM 34
8.1784Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
12.1785Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10039.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1786Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.1786RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1786Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1741.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1788Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
6.1788Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2025.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1791Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
1.1792Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2922.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1792RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1796On the Irish StationBWAS-1714
20.3.1796Took the Privateer Le Coureur (14)
8.1797Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
8.10.1802Paid offADM 51
4.1805Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1714

 

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