Serapis

6597
Nominal Guns44BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered11.2.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down3.3.1778BWAS-1714
Launched4.3.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip of the Line BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Captured23.9.1779BWAS-1714
BecomesFrench Fourth Rate ship of the line 'Serapis' (1779) (50)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 2"Imperial Feet42.6733 
Length of Keel115' 7 ⅝"Imperial Feet35.0679 
Breadth38' 0"Imperial Feet11.5824 
Depth in Hold16' 4"Imperial Feet4.8937 
Burthen888 1094Tons BM 

Armament


3.1779Broadside Weight = 285 Imperial Pound ( 129.2475 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1779280EstablishmentBWAS-1714

1 Commanding Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1.3.1779 - 23.9.1779CaptainRichard Pearson (1730/31-1806) ADM 6/21/516ADM 6/21

Service History


DateEventSource
4.3.1779building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £11837.2.5dBWAS-1714
4.3.1779Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.5.1779Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £7003.14.4dBWAS-1714
23.9.1779Taken in action with the Bonhomme Richard off Flamborough HeadBWAS-1714
23.9.1779Battle of Flamborough Head
23.9.1779Taken by the French


Notes on Ship


Wreck site
http://www.serapisproject.org/

 

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