Serpent

6602
Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.9.1741BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down9.10.1741BWAS-1714
Acquired15.3.1741/42BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.3.1741/42
ShipyardLimehouse - London BWAS-1714
Ship ClassComet Class
Designed by The SurveyorsBWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas SnelgroveBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeBomb Vessel
Wrecked1.9.1748BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck92' 9"Imperial Feet28.1559 
Length of Keel75' 11 ½"Imperial Feet22.8727 
Breadth26' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet7.9312 
Depth in Hold11' 2 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen274 8194Tons BM 

Armament


15.3.1741/42Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Gun Deck1 British 13" Mortar
Gun Deck1 British 10" Mortar

10.1742Broadside Weight = 23.5 Imperial Pound ( 10.6576 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
9.174160Design Complement
10.174280 BWAS-1714

6 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
11.3.1741/42 - 11.9.1743CommanderEdmund Horne (d.1764) ADM 6/15/26BWAS-171412.9.1743 - 3.12.1744CommanderSamuel Marshall (c.1711-1768) ADM 6/16/217ADM 6/164.12.1744 - 11.7.1745CommanderRoger Adams (d.1749) ADM 6/16/397BWAS-171412.7.1745 - 12.9.1746CommanderRobert Askew (d.1756) ADM 6/16/508BWAS-171413.9.1746 - 21.5.1748CommanderMark Milbanke (1724-1805) ADM 6/17/152BWAS-171423.5.1748 - 1.9.1748CommanderThomas Hanbury (1722-1788) ADM 3/17/258BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
15.3.1741/42Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
14.5.1742Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1788.5.9dBWAS-1714
7.1742Impressing men in the ThamesBWAS-1714
10.1742Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated  
10.1742fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £363.2.0dBWAS-1714
1743In the ChannelBWAS-1714
12.1744RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1745In the ChannelBWAS-1714
10.7.1745Ordered to be fitted as a bombBWAS-1714
17.8.1745Ordered to be fitted as a sloopBWAS-1714
2.1746In Scottish watersBWAS-1714
5.1748Commissioned for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1.9.1748Wrecked near Barbados, 7 men were drownedBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
 

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