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Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1803BWAS-1793
ShipyardLime Street Yard - Kingston upon Hull BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by
William RuleBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1813
Peter AtkinsonBritish
Ship Builder
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
Sold for Break Up11.7.1827BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Length of Keel77' 2 ½"Imperial Feet23.4823 
Breadth30' 5 ¾"Imperial Feet9.1631 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward6' 6"Imperial Feet1.9812 
Draught Aft11' 3"Imperial Feet3.429 
Burthen381 4894Tons BM 


7.8.1804Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

9 Ship Commanders

8.1804 - 22.1.1806Commander
Donald Hugh MackayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1816
22.1.1806 - 16.9.1809Commander
William RaittBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1809
10.1809 - 1811Commander
Alexander Renton SharpeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1818
George Wastell HooperBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1817
1813 - 4.12.1813Captain
Benjamin CrispinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1813
6.12.1813 - 1815Commander
James Arthur MurrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1809-1818
4.1818 - 1820Commander
William RamsdenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1820
10.1821 - 6.1822Commander
John TheedBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1812-1822
6.1822 - 1825Commander
James WigstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811-1825

2 Commissioned Officers

1811 - 1.5.1811First Lieutenant
William NeameBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1811
22.10.1812 - 6.9.1813Lieutenant
Henry BotelerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1819

2 Warrant Officers

1811 - 1.5.1811Boatswain
James StewartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811
1811 - 1.5.1811Surgeon
Richard CarterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811-1848

1 Petty Officer

1807 - 1810Midshipman
John AdamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1866

2 Crewmen

8.6.1806 - 18071st Class Volunteer
John AdamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1866
1811 - 1.5.1811Able Seaman
John WallaceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811

Service History

19.8.1804Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
24.10.1804Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
27.3.1807Took the Privateer
Amiral del Tariffa (20) 1807-1807
Spanish 20 Gun

20.5.1807Took the Privateer
Determinando (3) 1807-1807
Spanish 3 Gun

13.6.1807Took the Privateer
De Bon Vassallio (3) 1807-1807
Spanish 3 Gun

31.10.1809Action in Rosas Bay
1.5.1811Destruction of the Girafe and Nourrice
15.5.1812Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1815Paid off?BWAS-1793
2.1818Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
7.1818Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
5.1823Damaged by stranding in the Gulf of MexicoBWAS-1793
1825Paid offBWAS-1793
11.7.1827Sold to John Small Sedger to break up for £1,010BWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian on Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 13:20

His Majesty's Ship Scout, at Sea March 30, 1807
I beg leave to inform your Lordship, that, on the 27th instant, at half past 11 A.M. I observed a Spanish Felucca Privateer to windward, with top-sail yards and top-gallant yards across. At half past twelve, observed him to anchor under Cape Plata; and made all sail to windward in chase; but, owing to light variable winds, and the tide setting to the westward, was not able to get within gun-shot of him before five P.M. At that time he had his vessel moored with springs on his cables, and a stream anchor on shore, that kept him end on; he had two long twenty-four pounders in his bow, which went over and over us as we were working in shore. At half past five opened our fire on him; and in ten minutes forced him to cut his cables, and run on shore. I think that some of our shot must have struck him between wind and water, as he was not two minutes on shore before she was full of water, and fell on her broadside; at that time our grape shot was going over him. She was one of the largest privateers on the station; I am informed mounted ten guns, two long twenty-four pounders, and two long six pounders and six twelve pounder carronades; said to have betwixt ninety and one hundred men on board, of which he must have lost a great number, as the surf was high on the beach, which prevented me from sending my boats in to cut away his masts, which was the only thing that could be done, as the sea was going half mast up on board of him; they brought a heavy gun down on shore to bear on us, but I am happy to inform your Lordship did us no damage: I have no person hurt on board. On the 28th I stood into the bay to see what was become of him; I found him a complete wreck, with his mizen mast over the side.
I have the Honour to be etc.. W. Raitt

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