Roebuck

6230
Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered30.11.1769BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down10.1770BWAS-1714
Launched28.4.1774BWAS-1714
First Commissioned4.7.1775
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassRoebuck Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorWilliam Gray (d.1775)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up7.1811BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 0"Imperial Feet42.672 
Length of Keel115' 9"Imperial Feet35.0672 
Breadth37' 9 ½"Imperial Feet11.2903 
Depth in Hold16' 4"Imperial Feet4.8937 
Burthen879 2694Tons BM 

Armament


9.1775Broadside Weight = 285 Imperial Pound ( 129.2475 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
7.1775280 BWAS-1714
1783300 BWAS-1714

12 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.7.1775 - 4.1780CaptainAndrew Snape Hamond (1738-1838) ADM 6/21/101BWAS-17144.1780 - 7.1781CommanderAndrew Snape Douglas (1761-1797)BWAS-17147.1781 - 4.1783CaptainSir John Orde (1751-1824)BWAS-17146.1790 - 9.1791CommanderGeorge Lindsay (d.1798)BWAS-17149.1793 - 7.1795CaptainAlexander ChristieBWAS-17144.7.1795 - 2.1796CommanderDavid M'IverBWAS-17142.1796 - 22.7.1796LieutenantAlexander Saunderson Burrowes (d.1806)BWAS-171422.7.1796 - 11.1798CommanderAlexander Saunderson Burrowes (d.1806)BWAS-17147.1799 - 1.1802CommanderJohn Buchanan (d.1802)BWAS-17147.1.1802 - 5.1802CommanderJames Hawes (d.1804)BWAS-17147.1803 - 1805CaptainGeorge M'KinleyBWAS-17143.1806 - 1810CaptainRichard Curry (1772-?)BWAS-1714

4 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
4.1780 - 1781Vice-Admiral of the BlueMarriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794)BWAS-171411.1803 - 2.1804Vice-Admiral of the RedRichard Rodney Bligh (1737-1821)BWAS-171411.1805 - 1809Vice-Admiral of the BlueBilly Douglas (d.1817)BWAS-17141810 - 1811Rear-Admiral of the WhiteLord Alan Hyde Gardner (2nd Baron Gardner of Uttoxeter) (1770-1815)BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
9.8.1775 - 9.10.1776First LieutenantHenry Sebastian Leeke (d.1776) ADM 6/21/111ADM 6/219.10.1776 - 23.4.1778Third LieutenantPeter Aplin (1753-1817)ODNB8.1791LieutenantThe Hon. Courtnay Boyle (1770-1844)ref:6163.4.1804 - 6.12.1805LieutenantDavid Keys (d.1847)NBD18494.11.1810 - 21.6.1811LieutenantHenry BirdNBD1849

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1775 - 23.4.1778MidshipmanAndrew Snape Douglas (1761-1797)ref:6161776 - 9.8.1776MidshipmanPeter Aplin (1753-1817)ref:67611.1805 - 1805Master's MateThomas BevisNBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
5.1782 - 11.17841st Class VolunteerJohn Baker (1770-1845)NBD18491.4.1801 - 9.18011st Class VolunteerCharles James Beart (d.1861)NBD184910.12.1804 - 18041st Class VolunteerAlexander Aitkin (d.1874)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
8.1775Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.8.1775Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £495.1.4dBWAS-1714
4.9.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
9.10.1776In action in the Hudson RiverBWAS-1714
2.4.1777Took the Unrated Schooner Defence (12)
5.4.1777Took the Unrated Sloop Sachem (10)
22.7.1778Encounter at Sandy Hook
11.8.1778Howe's encounter with d'Estaing
2.1779Began coppering at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
24.2.1779Took the Privateer Revenge
4.1779Completed coppering at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4848.7.6dBWAS-1714
5.12.1779Took the Privateer Ship Lady Washington (16)
1.1780Operations against Charleston
14.4.1781Action of 1781-04-14
14.4.1781Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Confederacy (36)
5.5.1781Took the Sixth Rate Ship Protector (26)
4.2.1782Took the Privateer La Providence
3.1782Returned to England and stationed in the North SeaBWAS-1714
4.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1783Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1783SurveyedBWAS-1714
2.1785Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £11388.0.10dBWAS-1714
10.1788Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1790Refitted as a Unrated Hospital Ship
7.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £1814.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1793Recommissioned as a troop shipBWAS-1714
9.1793Refitted as a Unrated Troop Ship
26.11.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
6.7.1796Took the Privateer Baataf off Barbados
19.2.1798Took the Privateer La Parfaite off Martinique
11.1798Returned to EnglandBWAS-1714
4.1799Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1799Recommissioned as a troopship for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1799Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £10044.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1802Paid off into ordinary at WoolwichBWAS-1714
7.1803Recommissioned as a guard ship at LeithBWAS-1714
7.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4201.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1805Guardship at Great YarmouthBWAS-1714
7.1811Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ref:676More than Nelson Web Site
 

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