Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.6.1777BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.4.1778
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNova Scotia Yard - Ipswich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged


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 


28.4.1778Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

13 Commanding Officers

11.4.1778 - 15.3.1779CommanderJohn Graves (c.1741-1811) ADM 6/21/389BWAS-171415.3.1779 - 5.5.1781CommanderThomas Graves (1747-1814) ADM 6/22/199
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Commission confirmed 21.11.1780
ADM 6/22
7.5.1781 - 6.9.1781CommanderCharles Stirling (1760-1833) ADM 6/22/473
Issued by Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794), North America
Commission confirmed 29.5.1782
28.11.1781 - 15.12.1782CommanderGeorge Oakes (d.1797) ADM 6/23/30ADM 6/2317.12.1782 - 23.6.1786CommanderPaget Bayly (d.1804) ADM 6/23/33
Issued by Robert Digby (1732-1815), North America
Commission confirmed 13.3.1783
ADM 6/23
23.6.1786 - 13.8.1790CommanderRichard Rundle Burgess (1754-1797) ADM 6/23/341BWAS-171430.7.1789 - 21.9.1790CommanderJames Dickenson (c.1734-1794) ADM 6/23/540ADM 6/2321.9.1790 - 23.9.1790CaptainJames Dickenson (c.1734-1794)BWAS-171423.9.1790 - 1.11.1791CommanderAlexander Fraser (d.1829) ADM 6/24/70BWAS-17142.11.1791 - 12.7.1793CommanderAlexander Fraser (d.1829) ADM 6/24/144ADM 6/2412.7.1793 - 16.7.1793CommanderGrosvenor Winkworth ADM 6/24/253BWAS-17143.1797 - 10.1798CommanderNorborn ThompsonBWAS-171410.1798 - 9.4.1802CommanderWilliam H WebleyBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

1796Admiral of the BlueJoseph Peyton (1725-1804)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

5.4.1799 - 18.6.1801First LieutenantRobert Benjamin Young (1773-1846)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

19.12.1795 - 12.1.1797MidshipmanJosias Bray (d.1846)NAO

3 Crewmen

1.2.1794 - 1.9.17941st Class VolunteerJosias Bray (d.1846)NAO1.6.1796 - 12.1796Able SeamanSamuel Allen (1781-1848)NL186513.1.1797 - 23.2.1797Able SeamanJosias Bray (d.1846)NAO

Service History

1.6.1777Began building at Nova Scotia Yard - Ipswich BWAS-1714
28.4.1778Completed building at Nova Scotia Yard - Ipswich at a cost of £5594.4.9dBWAS-1714
6.6.1778Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
29.7.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £653.11.9dBWAS-1714
18.8.1779Sailed for New YorkBWAS-1714
1780In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
12.9.1781Taken by Congress (24) off Charleston, Solebay (28)

Paid off

2.1784Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
7.1784Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £4852.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1786Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
8.1786Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1366.0.0dBWAS-1714
24.2.1793Took the Privateer Ship La Custine (8) in the North SeaN-GAZ
8.1793Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
9.1793Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1412.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1798Operations against OstendBWAS-1714
1.1803Refitted as a Other Vessels Hospital Ship
1.1803fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
31.8.1815Sold at Woolwich for £880BWAS-1714

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1798/05/141798/05/20Raid on OstendHome Riggs Popham (1762-1820)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
N-GAZThe 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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