Scorpion

6503
Nominal Guns16BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered23.8.1782BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down11.1782BWAS-1714
Launched26.3.1785BWAS-1714
First Commissioned2.1787
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardShoreham BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEcho Class
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
ConstructorBenjamin AshmanBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold1802BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck101' 6"Imperial Feet30.9372 
Length of Keel83' 6"Imperial Feet25.3492 
Breadth27' 8"Imperial Feet8.2586 
Depth in Hold12' 11"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen339 9194Tons BM 

Armament


26.3.1785Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1781125Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
2.1787 - 1.12.1787CommanderWilliam Albany OtwayBWAS-17141.12.1787 - 1.1788LieutenantCharles HamiltonBWAS-17141.1788 - 1790CommanderPaget Bayly (d.1804)BWAS-17149.1790 - 22.11.1790LieutenantBenjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)BWAS-171422.11.1790 - 10.1792CommanderBenjamin Hallowell (1761-1834)BWAS-171410.1792 - 1793CommanderSolomon Ferris (1748-1803)BWAS-17143.1794 - 1796CommanderThomas WesternBWAS-17141796 - 10.1796CommanderStair DouglasBWAS-17147.1797 - 3.1798CommanderHorace Pine (d.1798)BWAS-17143.1798 - 7.9.1799CommanderJohn Tremayne RoddBWAS-17147.9.1799 - 11.1800CommanderCharles TinlingBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
13.12.1797 - 1797LieutenantCharles John Austen (1779-1852)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
8.2.1797 - 17.1.1798GunnerJohn RossADM29-1

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
20.10.1793 - 1794MidshipmanDonald Campbell (1788-?)NBD184920.10.1793 - 1794MidshipmanColin York CampbellNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
11.1782Began building at Shoreham BWAS-1714
26.3.1785Completed building at Shoreham at a cost of £3513.19.1dBWAS-1714
26.3.1785Began fitting for ordinary at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1785Completed fitting for ordinary at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1293.0.0dBWAS-1714
1787Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
20.4.1787Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2541.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1.1788Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1790Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1790Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £1129.0.0dBWAS-1714
22.9.1791Sailed for the African CoastBWAS-1714
10.1792RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1792Sailed for the African CoastBWAS-1714
9.1793Began refitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1793Completed refitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £3216.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.3.1794Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
2.8.1794Took the Privateer La Guillotine (10) on the American Coast
19.4.1795Took the Privateer La Victoire (18) in the West Indies
8.5.1795Took the Privateer L'Egalité in the West Indies
22.7.1795Took the Privateer Le Sans Pareil in the West Indies
3.8.1795Took the Privateer Le Républicain in the West Indies
7.8.1795Took the Privateer L'Hirondelle in the West Indies
10.1796Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1797Began repairs at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1797RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1797Completed repairs at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £6070.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.4.1798Took the Privateer Le Courrier (6) in the West Indies
26.1.1800Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
11.1800Paid offBWAS-1714
1802Sold at PlymouthBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
 

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