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Porcupine

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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 Class (1776)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Edward GreavesBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypePost ShipBWAS-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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
6.12.1777 - 19.4.1779Captain
The Hon. William Clement FinchBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1794
Transfered ADM 6/21/342
BWAS-1714
28.4.1779 - 23.1.1780Captain
Hugh Seymour ConwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1794
Transfered ADM 6/21/546
BWAS-1714
23.1.1780 - 9.2.1780Captain
Erasmus GowerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1810
Transfered ADM 6/22/132
Issued by
Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet )British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 18.5.1780
ADM 6/22
2.2.1780 - 23.12.1782Captain
Sir Charles Henry Knowles (2nd Baronet)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1821
ADM 6/22/143
BWAS-1714
23.12.1782 - 10.3.1783Captain
John GibsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1804
ADM 6/22/559
BWAS-1714
12.5.1786 - 16.6.1789Captain
Lambert BrabazonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1789
ADM 6/23/333
BWAS-1714
16.6.1789 - 26.1.1791Captain
George MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
ADM 6/23/531
ADM 6/23
26.1.1791 - 30.11.1791Captain
George MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
ADM 6/24/104
ADM 6/24
30.11.1791 - 22.8.1792Captain
George MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
ADM 6/24/148
ADM 6/24
22.8.1792 - 24.5.1793Captain
Edward BullerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1814
Transfered ADM 6/24/172
BWAS-1714
24.5.1793 - 13.6.1793Captain
Robert BarlowBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1823
Transfered ADM 6/24/241
ADM 6/24
13.6.1793 - 8.1795Captain
Manley DixonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1825
ADM 6/24/245
BWAS-1714
8.1795 - 7.1797Captain
John DraperBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1820
BWAS-1714
7.1797 - 10.1798Captain
Charles Dudley PaterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
BWAS-1714
10.1798 - 1802Captain
Andrew Fitzherbert EvansBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1817
BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
22.6.1793 - 7.7.1795Master
Charles ThompsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1799
ADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
9.1792 - 7.1793Midshipman
Patrick CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1830
ref:616
1797 - 23.11.1797Midshipman
Charles BertramBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1814
NBD1849

2 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
9.6.1786 - 19.7.1787Able Seaman
Thomas HaywardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1791
NBD1849
26.10.1790 - 3.17911st Class Volunteer
Francis BeaumanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1841
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) 1795-1796
French 14 Gun
Privateer

8.1797Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
8.10.1802Paid offADM 51
4.1805Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1714

 

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