Shark

6645
Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered4.5.1732BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down4.7.1732BWAS-1714
Launched7.9.1732BWAS-1714
First Commissioned31.8.1732
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
ConstructorJoseph Allin (d.1759)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigKetch
Sold2.12.1755BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck80' 0"Imperial Feet24.384 
Length of Keel63' 0"Imperial Feet19.2024 
Breadth24' 6"Imperial Feet7.3533 
Depth in Hold9' 11 ¼"Imperial Feet2.7496 
Burthen201 1394Tons BM 

Armament


1733Broadside Weight = 19 Imperial Pound ( 8.6168 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

10 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
31.8.1732 - 23.7.1739Captain and MasterRichard Symonds (d.1740) ADM 6/15/120BWAS-171413.6.1740 - 11.7.1740CommanderThomas Limeburner (d.1750) ADM 6/15/298BWAS-171411.7.1740 - 21.1.1740/41CommanderHenry Swaysland (d.1757) ADM 6/15/307BWAS-171422.1.1740/41 - 31.1.1742/43CommanderSamuel Goddard (d.1762) ADM 6/16/372BWAS-17141.2.1742/43 - 17.7.1744CommanderBlumfield Barradall (d.1749) ADM 6/16/143BWAS-171418.7.1744 - 2.4.1745CommanderRobert Hughes (1716-1774) ADM 6/16/342ADM 6/162.4.1745 - 30.4.1745CommanderRichard Jasper (d.1761) ADM 6/17/63
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 13.2.1745/46
ADM 6/17
1.5.1745 - 22.1.1745/46CommanderBlumfield Barradall (d.1749) ADM 6/17/18
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 8.11.1745
ADM 6/17
29.5.1745 - 16.6.1748CommanderChristopher Middleton (d.1770) ADM 6/16/485BWAS-171420.3.1748/49 - 2.10.1752CommanderJohn Falkingham (d.1777) ADM 6/17/450BWAS-1714

10 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
31.8.1732 - 19.5.1734LieutenantHenry Dennis (d.1757) ADM 6/14/120ADM 6/1424.9.1732 - 18.1.1732/33LieutenantHenry Stewart (d.1746) ADM 6/14/118ADM 6/1419.1.1732/33 - bef.7.6.1733LieutenantJohn Jennings (d.bef.1733)† ADM 6/14/139ADM 6/147.6.1733 - 27.8.1733LieutenantFrancis Withers (d.c.1751) ADM 6/14/145ADM 6/1428.8.1733 - 27.7.1738LieutenantRichard Collins (d.1779) ADM 6/15/151ADM 6/1423.7.1739LieutenantFrancis Mohun (d.1744) ADM 6/15/206ADM 6/158.12.1744 - 1.5.1745LieutenantThomas Dunton (d.c.1748) ADM 3/17/360
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
Commission confirmed 2.6.1748
ADM 6/17
1.5.1745 - 7.6.1745LieutenantMathew King (d.1749) ADM 6/17/328
Issued by William Rowley (1690-1768)
ADM 6/17
7.6.1745 - 24.10.1746LieutenantJohn Hughes (d.1787) ADM 6/16/490ADM 6/1617.7.1749 - 30.1.1749/50LieutenantWilliam Phillips (d.1762) ADM 6/17/531
Issued by Francis Holburne (1704-1771)
Commission confirmed 30.8.1750
ADM 6/17

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
11.0004 - 1749Midshipman ExtraRobert Jocelyn (d.c.1806) ADM 6/17/454ADM 6/17

Service History


DateEventSource
4.7.1732Began building at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.9.1732Completed building at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £2887.6.10dBWAS-1714
7.9.1732Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
23.9.1732Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1733Commissioned for the BahamasBWAS-1714
9.1739Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1740Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2947.19.2dBWAS-1714
7.1740RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1741Irish SeaBWAS-1714
1743In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1745Coast of Scotland in the AutumnBWAS-1714
3.1.1744/45Took the Privateer Nuestra Señora del Carmen
13.6.1745

Sailed from Portsmouth carrying dispatches.

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16.8.1745

Arrived at St Helens.

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8.10.1746Took the Privateer L'Oiseau
16.6.1748

Paid off at Chatham Dockyard

ADM 106
5.1749Sailed for AmericaBWAS-1714
1750In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
2.10.1752Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 6/18
6.12.1752SurveyedBWAS-1714
1753repairs at UnknownBWAS-1714
29.10.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.11.1755Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
2.12.1755Sold at Deptford for £211BWAS-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
ADM 6/17ADM 6/17 Commission and Warrant Book 1745 18 Sep.-1751 Apr.  Archive
ADM 6/14ADM 6/14 Commission and Warrant Book 1728 4 Oct.-1735 23 Dec. Archive
ADM 6/15ADM 6/15 Commission and Warrant Book 1735 26 Dec.-1742 4 Jan. Archive
ref:1025Mariner's Mirror Vol 053 - The Shark and the '45W. E. MayDigital Book
ADM 106ADM 106 Navy Board Letters-In Document
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
 

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