Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1777/06/01BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNova Scotia Yard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn WilliamsBWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn BarnardBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip-Sloop


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet29.2799 
Length of Keel78' 10"Imperial Feet23.7744 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 10 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen301 8794Tons BM 


1778/04/28Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1766/05/08125Design Complement

Commanding Officers

1778/04 - 1781CommanderJohn GravesBWAS-17141781LieutenantSir Thomas GravesBWAS-17141781 - 1781/09/06CommanderCharles StirlingBWAS-17141782 - 1783/04LieutenantEdmund CrawleyBWAS-17141786/01 - 1790CommanderRichard Rundle BurgessBWAS-17141790/09/21 - 1791/10CaptainJames DickensonBWAS-17141791/11 - 1793CommanderAlexander FraserBWAS-17141794 - 1797CommanderGrosvenor WinkworthBWAS-17141797/03 - 1798/10CommanderNorborn ThompsonBWAS-17141798/10 - 1802/04/09CommanderWilliam H WebleyBWAS-1714

Flag Officers

1796Admiral of the BlueJoseph PeytonBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1799/04/05 - 1801/06/18First LieutenantRobert Benjamin YoungNBD1849

Petty Officers

1795/12/19 - 1797/01/12MidshipmanJosias BrayNAO


1794/02/01 - 1794/09/011st Class VolunteerJosias BrayNAO1796/06/01 - 1796/12Able SeamanSamuel AllenNL18651797/01/13 - 1797/02/23Able SeamanJosias BrayNAO

Service History

1777/06/01Began building at Nova Scotia Yard BWAS-1714
1778/04/28Completed building at Nova Scotia Yard at a cost of £5594.4.9dBWAS-1714
1778/06/06Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
1778/07/29Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £653.11.9dBWAS-1714
1779/08/18Sailed for New YorkBWAS-1714
1780In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1781/09/12Taken by Congress (24) off Charleston, Solebay (28)
1783/04Paid offBWAS-1714
1784/02Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1784/07Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4852.0.0dBWAS-1714
1786/05Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1786/08Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £1366.0.0dBWAS-1714
1790/10Paid offBWAS-1714
1793/02/24Took the Privateer Ship La Custine (8) in the North SeaN-GAZ
1793/08Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1793/09Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £1412.0.0dBWAS-1714
1798/05Operations against OstendBWAS-1714
1803/01Refitted as a Other Vessels Hospital Ship
1803/01fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
1815/08/31Sold at Woolwich for £880BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1798/05/141798/05/20Raid on OstendHome Riggs Popham


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAO The National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NL1865 The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
N-GAZ The Naval gazetteer, Biographer and ChronologistJ W NorieBook

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 15th of February 2017 19:43

28 May 1800 a court martial was held at Sheerness, on board the Savage, sloop of war, on Lieutenant Wheatly and his Clerk, of the Gelykheidt prison ship, at Gillingham, for drunkenness and neglect of duty, ungentlemanlike conduct, embezzlement of stores, tyranny, and oppression, but the charges being malicious and ill founded, they were acquitted.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 15th of February 2017 19:15

11 Sep 1801 a Court Martial was held on board the Waarzaamheid, at Sheerness, to try Mr. Palmer, Surgeon of the Savage sloop of war, for drunkenness and not attending to his duty. The charges being in part proved against him, he was dismissed from his situation as Surgeon, but allowed to serve as Surgeon's Mate in any of his Majesty's ships Admiral Graeme should think proper.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 15th of February 2017 18:53

Circa 26 Dec 1801 Mr. William Young is appointed Purser of the Savage.

Circa 26 Dec 1801 Mr. Collis, Purser of the Savage, is appointed to the Iris.

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