Racehorse -> 1775 Thunder

6034
Nominal Guns18BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Named5.5.1757BWAS-1714
Captured28.4.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.5.1757BWAS-1714
ShipyardNantes - Brittany BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Captured14.8.1778BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7"Imperial Feet29.2904 
Length of Keel77' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet23.476 
Breadth30' 8"Imperial Feet9.3472 
Depth in Hold13' 4"Imperial Feet3.9963 
Burthen385 6694Tons BM 

Armament


6.1757Broadside Weight = 57.5 Imperial Pound ( 26.0766 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck18 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

4.1758Broadside Weight = 26 Imperial Pound ( 11.7912 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

9.1758Broadside Weight = 27 Imperial Pound ( 12.2448 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Upper Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Upper Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1757120 BWAS-1714
4.175845as a fireshipBWAS-1714
9.175870as a bomb vesselBWAS-1714

18 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1.1757 - 5.5.1757CommanderThomas Warwick (c.1721-1775) ADM 6/18/438
Issued by Charles Watson (1714-1757)
Commission confirmed 19.9.1757
ADM 6/18
5.5.1757 - 24.6.1757CommanderRichard Carteret (c.1716-1780) ADM 6/18/394ADM 6/1824.6.1757 - 27.9.1758CommanderFrancis Burslem (1723-1801) ADM 6/18/414BWAS-171427.9.1758 - 2.6.1759CommanderFrancis Richards (c.1719-1784) ADM 6/18/540BWAS-17142.6.1759 - 25.11.1759CommanderGeorge Miller (d.1759)W02915.5.1760 - 3.7.1760CommanderJames Harmood (c.1713-bef.1773) ADM 6/19/165BWAS-171419.8.1760 - 3.6.1763CommanderJohn Macartney (c.1730-1781) ADM 6/19/516
Issued by Lord Alexander Colville (7th Viscount Colville of Culross) (1717-1770), North America
Commission confirmed 30.6.1763
BWAS-1714
26.5.1768 - 26.10.1771CommanderJohn Harvey (1740-1794) ADM 6/20/204ADM 6/2026.10.1771 - 13.4.1773CommanderSaint John Chinnery (c.1730-c.1787) ADM 6/20/408BWAS-171416.4.1773 - 13.10.1773CommanderThe Hon. Constantine John Phipps (1744-1792) ADM 6/20/488BWAS-171415.10.1773 - 21.1.1775CommanderHenry Harvey (1737-1810) ADM 6/20/522ADM 6/2021.1.1775 - 13.9.1775CommanderJames Orrok (c.1721-c.1763) ADM 6/21/68BWAS-171424.10.1775 - 5.7.1776CommanderJames Reid (c.1733-1798) ADM 6/21/129BWAS-17146.7.1776 - 11.11.1776CommanderAnthony James Pye Molloy (d.1815) ADM 6/21/273
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 4.4.1777
BWAS-1714
11.11.1776 - 1.12.1777CommanderThomas Cadogan (d.1782) ADM 6/21/293
Issued by Clark Gayton (1712-1787), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 19.6.1777
ADM 6/21
1.12.1777 - 25.1.1778CommanderJohn Brown (1751-1808) ADM 6/21/361
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
ADM 6/21
25.1.1778 - 9.3.1778CommanderDavid Graves ADM 6/21/510
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 11.2.1779
ADM 6/21
9.3.1778 - 14.8.1778CommanderJames Gambier (1756-1833) ADM 6/21/376BWAS-1714

2 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
25.10.1758 - 21.11.1758MasterRobert McDougall (1729-1816) ADM 107/5/141ADM 107/51759SurgeonThomas Crebbinref:921

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
6.1773 - 1773MidshipmanPhilip D'Auvergne (1754-1816)ref:616

Service History


DateEventSource
21.4.1757Began fitting at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
28.4.1757Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £1859.8.6dBWAS-1714
20.7.1757Completed fitting at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
20.7.1757Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
16.8.1757Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2211.8.6dBWAS-1714
15.3.1758Took the Privateer Le Boulonnaise
4.1758Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
21.4.1758Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
5.1758Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1060.7.1dBWAS-1714
9.1758Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
5.9.1758Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
11.1758Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4327.18.7dBWAS-1714
16.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.1760Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated  
20.3.1761Sailed with a convoy for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1762Home watersBWAS-1714
3.6.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
7.10.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
5.1771Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
10.1771RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1772Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
3.1772Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3526.1.7dBWAS-1714
3.1772Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1451.19.0dBWAS-1714
3.1773Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
4.1773On a voyage of discovery towards the north poleODNB
5.1773Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
10.1773Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
13.10.1773

Paid off

BWAS-1714
11.1773Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2891.1.6dBWAS-1714
1.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1775Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
4.1775Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2679.1.3dBWAS-1714
13.9.1775

Paid off

BWAS-1714
24.10.1775Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Bomb Vessel
24.10.1775Renamed ThunderBWAS-1714
23.2.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
28.7.1776At CharlestonBWAS-1714
19.6.1778Paid offADM 51
22.7.1778Encounter at Sandy Hook
14.8.1778Taken by Le Hector (74) off Sandy Hook
14.8.1778Taken by Le Vaillant (64) off Sandy Hook


Notes on Ship


OriginBWAS-1714
French Le Marquis de Vaudreuil. It is not clear whether this is a prize vessel or not?

 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Monday 8th of January 2018 08:50

Hi Madick
Not a great start, all the info you ask for is on this page, except that this Racehorse was not wrecked. I think you have the wrong ship.


Posted by Madick Gueye on Monday 8th of January 2018 02:42

Bonjour!
Je suis doctorant en archéologie sous-marine à Dakar (Sénégal) et Marseille.
Je suis intéressé par le naufrage du navire RaceHorse et j'ai décidé de faire ma thèse sur l'étude de cette épave.
Je voudrai avoir des informations concernant ce navire comme:
-son propriétaire
-son port d'armenment
-des dimension
-son tonnage etc
Merci


Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 5th of September 2017 15:56

5th Oct 1773 Racehorse Commander Phipps and Carcass Captain Lutwidge arrive at Orfordness on return from the Artic
15th Oct 1773 Racehorse Commander Phipps and Carcass Captain Lutwidge paid off


Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 2nd of July 2017 20:48

Translation: I am a Senegalese student in These. I opted for underwater archeology and I am interested in the archives of the Senegal ship. I discovered the sinking site of the ship in Senegal and I want to do my thesis on its sinking. I want to launch underwater archaeological excavations to better study the boats.


Posted by Madick Gueye on Saturday 1st of July 2017 22:18

Bonjour,
Je suis étudiant sénégalais en These. J'ai opté l'archéologie sous-marine et je suis intéressé par les archives du navires Senegal. J'ai découvert le site de naufrage du navire au Sénégal et je veux faire ma thése sur son naufrage. Je veux dons lancer des opérations de fouilles archéologique sous-marine pour mieux étudier le bateaux.

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