Scorpion

6502
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.4.1745BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down4.1745BWAS-1714
Named26.6.1746BWAS-1714
Launched8.7.1746BWAS-1714
First Commissioned25.6.1746BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Jacob Ackworth (c.1668-1748/49)BWAS-1714
Constructor James Wyatt & Co.BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714
Wrecked23.9.1762BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 2"Imperial Feet27.7876 
Length of Keel74' 11"Imperial Feet22.5616 
Breadth26' 4"Imperial Feet7.9417 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen276 3194Tons BM 

Armament


8.7.1746Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement
1748125 BWAS-1714

10 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
25.6.1746 - 13.12.1750Commander Elias Bate (c.1715-1752) ADM 6/17/120BWAS-171413.12.1750 - 25.1.1753Commander John Russell (d.c.1753) ADM 6/17/539BWAS-171425.1.1753 - 1.8.1753Lieutenant William Wilkins (c.1730-?) ADM 107/4/260ADM 107/426.5.1753 - 28.6.1753Commander John Rawling (c.1730-1757) ADM 6/18/70ADM 6/1810.2.1755 - 12.7.1757Commander Charles Wimbleton ADM 6/18/134BWAS-171412.7.1757 - 9.1.1758Commander Thomas Evans (d.1775) ADM 6/18/418ADM 6/189.1.1758 - 12.5.1759Commander John Cleland (d.1795) ADM 6/18/468BWAS-171415.5.1759 - 11.2.1760Commander John Jervis (1734/35-1823) ADM 6/19/119
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775)
Confirmed 19.12.1759
BWAS-1714
11.2.1760 - 24.5.1762Commander Thomas Hallum (1721-c.1804) ADM 6/19/135BWAS-171424.5.1762 - 23.9.1762Commander John Henshaw (d.1780) ADM 6/19/412BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
28.6.1746 - 5.1.1747/48Lieutenant John Milligan (d.1788) Transfered ADM 6/17/120ADM 6/172.4.1748 - 23.8.1748Lieutenant Thomas Christian (d.1748) ADM 6/17/340ADM 6/1730.9.1748 - 3.12.1751Lieutenant Littleton Hill (d.1753) ADM 6/17/387ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
4.3.1755 - 4.2.1756Master Arthur Edwards (c.1730-1805) ADM 107/4/354ADM 107/4

Service History


DateEventSource
4.1745Began building at Buckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1714
8.7.1746Completed building at Buckler's Hard - Hampshire at a cost of £2043.10.0dBWAS-1714
15.7.1746Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.9.1746Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1773.9.7dBWAS-1714
1748Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop BWAS-1714
1749West coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
1750In North CarolinaBWAS-1714
12.1750In North CarolinaBWAS-1714
28.6.1753Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 6/18
11.7.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
11.1754Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
27.11.1754SurveyedBWAS-1714
2.1755Recommissioned for Shetland Fishery serviceBWAS-1714
3.1755Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3109.0.4dBWAS-1714
1756In the DownsBWAS-1714
1757In the DownsBWAS-1714
26.1.1757Took the Privateer Le Hardi Mendiant
17.2.1757Took the Privateer La Favorite
16.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
5.1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
12.12.1761Took the Privateer Le Boscawen (10) off St Malo
23.9.1762Wrecked off the Isle of Man with the loss of all handsBWAS-1714

 

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