Nominal Guns10BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.1809BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardSandgate - Kent BWAS-1793
Ship ClassDecoy ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor William BakerBWAS-1793
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck75' 0"Imperial Feet22.86 
Length of Keel56' 1 ¾"Imperial Feet17.0879 
Breadth26' 1"Imperial Feet7.929 
Depth in Hold11' 4 ⅛"Imperial Feet3.356 
Draught Forward4' 7"Imperial Feet1.397 
Draught Aft11' 3"Imperial Feet3.429 
Burthen203 1794Tons BM 


5.1810Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

1 Ship Commander

5.1810 - 28.10.1810Lieutenant Daniel MillerBWAS-1714

Service History

25.4.1810Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
15.6.1810Completed at SheernessBWAS-1793
15.6.1810Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
28.10.1810Grounded off Calais and taken by the FrenchBWAS-1793
28.10.1810Taken by the French while grounded off Calais

Notes on Ship

Decoy Class vessel of three vessels


Previous comments on this page

Posted by grammont on Thursday 19th of November 2020 17:12

The citadel at Verdun housed British POW's during the Napoleonic Wars. The book 'The depot for prisoners of war at Norman Cross, Huntingdonshire 1796 to 1816' surprisingly includes, as an appendix,

Private Register of his Fellow Prisoners at Verdun, kept, during his confinement there, 1804-1816, by Naval Cadet John Hopkinson, who was later Rector of Alwalton, near Peterborough, with, in the last column, notes added later in his life.

Amongst those listed is

Daniel Nuller, Lieutenant of the Racer, who arrived at Verdun on 28th October 1810

Obviously a mis-transcription of the surname and the date of arrival is supposedly the same as when he was captured, which given its over 240 miles from Calais to Verdun looks impossible.

Posted by David Bevan on Thursday 19th of November 2020 11:20

I believe he was a POW for 2 years

Posted by Richard Bateman on Thursday 24th of September 2020 19:51

Is there any information on Lt Daniel Miller following Racer's capture by the French in 1810?

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