Rattlesnake

6102
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered27.11.1776BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down12.1776BWAS-1714
Launched7.6.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardFolkstone - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAlert Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas FarleyBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutter
Wrecked11.10.1781BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck69' 4"Imperial Feet21.0425 
Length of Keel52' 0"Imperial Feet15.8496 
Breadth25' 10"Imperial Feet7.62 
Depth in Hold10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Burthen184 5594Tons BM 

Armament


7.6.1777Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
14.12.177660Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
6.1777 - 5.1778LieutenantPatrick WalshBWAS-17145.1778 - 25.1.1779LieutenantFrancis John Hartwell (1757-1831)BWAS-171425.1.1779 - 16.3.1779CommanderFrancis John Hartwell (1757-1831)BWAS-171416.3.1779 - 22.11.1779CommanderWilliam Knell (d.1798) ADM 6/21/524ADM 6/2123.11.1779 - 5.6.1780CommanderJohn McLaurin (d.1792) ADM 6/22/287
Issued by Gideon Johnstone (1739-1788), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 15.5.1781
ADM 6/22
19.6.1780 - 18.8.1781CommanderPeter Clements (d.1797) ADM 6/22/322
Issued by Sir George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 8.8.1781
ADM 6/22
18.8.1781 - 11.10.1781CommanderPhilip D'Auvergne (1754-1816) ADM 6/22/367
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 19.11.1781
ADM 6/22

Service History


DateEventSource
7.6.1777building at Folkstone - Kent at a cost of £1378.7.5dBWAS-1714
8.8.1777coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1784.11.4dBWAS-1714
25.1.1779Re-registered as a sloopBWAS-1714
3.1779Took the Privateer Cutter Le Frelon (12) ref:692
11.10.1781Wrecked off Trindad Island, BrazilBWAS-1714

 

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