Shark -> 1778 Salamander

6646
Nominal Guns16
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered7.11.1775
Named17.11.1775
Acquired9.3.1776
First Commissioned12.3.1776
How acquiredPurchased on the Stocks
ShipyardCuckolds Point - Rotherhithe
ConstructorJohn Randall (d.1776)
CategoryUnrated
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold14.8.1783

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 3"Imperial Feet29.2735 
Length of Keel78' 4 ½"Imperial Feet23.7871 
Breadth27' 5"Imperial Feet8.2477 
Depth in Hold9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen313 3494Tons BM 

Armament


3.1776Broadside Weight = 48 Imperial Pound ( 21.768 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder

11.1778Broadside Weight = 18 Imperial Pound ( 8.1632 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

9 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.3.1776 - 13.7.1778CommanderJohn Chapman (c.1734-?) ADM 6/21/168BWAS-171413.7.1778 - 15.10.1778CommanderDavid Collins (c.1734-1787) ADM 6/21/434ADM 6/2119.11.1778 - 21.9.1779CommanderJames Kinneer (d.1811) ADM 6/21/476BWAS-171421.9.1779 - 14.10.1779CommanderThe Hon. Seymour Finch (1758-1794) ADM 6/22/29BWAS-171414.10.1779 - 15.2.1780CommanderWilliam Henry King O'Hara (d.1789) ADM 6/22/36ADM 6/2216.9.1780 - 16.6.1781CommanderSir Henry Edwin Stanhope (1754-1814)BWAS-171413.2.1781 - 14.5.1782CommanderEdward Bowater ADM 6/22/405
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 30.1.1782
BWAS-1714
8.11.1781 - 14.4.1782CommanderRichard Lucas ADM 6/23/45
Issued by Sir Samuel Hood (1st Baronet Hood) (1724-1816), North America
Commission confirmed 4.4.1783
BWAS-1714
15.4.1782 - 1782CommanderJames Deacon ADM 6/23/85
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 13.6.1783
ADM 6/23

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
21.4.1782 - 1782LieutenantRobert Dobbin (d.1823) ADM 6/23/62
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 2.5.1783
ADM 6/23

Service History


DateEventSource
9.3.1775building at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £2973.10.0dBWAS-1714
4.4.1776Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
2.5.1776Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2557.1.6dBWAS-1714
27.7.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
27.7.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
23.7.1778Renamed SalamanderBWAS-1714
10.1778Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1778Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
5.1779Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2692.18.4dBWAS-1714
3.1780coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1411.17.6dBWAS-1714
28.5.1780Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
14.8.1783Sold at Deptford for £1,180BWAS-1714

 

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