Shark

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Nominal Guns16BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered20.11.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down26.12.1778BWAS-1714
Purchased26.11.1779BWAS-1714
ShipyardKingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas WaltonBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Foundered13.1.1818BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 11 ½"Imperial Feet29.2735 
Length of Keel79' 2 ½"Imperial Feet24.0919 
Breadth26' 10 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold12' 9 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen304 2994Tons BM 

Armament


26.11.1779Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Forecastle4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

21.4.1780Broadside Weight = 51 Imperial Pound ( 23.1288 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Forecastle4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1794Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

17 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
15.2.1780 - 23.11.1780CommanderIsaac Vaillant (c.1741-bef.1804) ADM 6/22/89BWAS-171423.11.1780 - 24.7.1781CommanderRobert McDougall (1729-1816) ADM 6/22/201BWAS-171424.7.1781 - 20.1.1783CommanderJohn Maitland (d.1790): on board from 24.8.1781 ADM 6/22/357
Issued by George Johnston (1730-1787), East Indies - Asia
Commission confirmed 31.10.1781
BWAS-1714
20.1.1783 - 27.1.1783CommanderJames Johnston (c.1711-1780)BWAS-171427.1.1783 - 10.5.1783CommanderValentine Edwards (d.1799) ADM 6/23/19BWAS-171422.5.1783 - 31.5.1785CommanderValentine Edwards (d.1799) ADM 6/23/71ADM 6/238.7.1790 - 21.9.1790CommanderJohn Dilkes (c.1742-1827): on board from 16.7.1790 ADM 6/24/49BWAS-171422.9.1790 - 14.10.1790CommanderNicholas Ingram (1754-1826) ADM 6/24/70BWAS-171425.2.1791 - 18.9.1791CommanderArthur Kaye Legge ADM 6/24/108BWAS-171419.9.1791 - 10.10.1793CommanderArthur Kaye Legge ADM 6/24/136ADM 6/2410.10.1793 - 1798CommanderJohn O'Bryen (d.1804) ADM 6/24/273BWAS-17148.1799 - 2.1801CommanderPhilip Bowes Vere Broke (1776-1841)BWAS-171414.2.1801 - 11.1801CommanderWilliam Roberts (d.1811)BWAS-171411.1801 - 3.10.1803CommanderRobert Barrie (1774-1841)BWAS-171413.3.1807 - 1.4.1808LieutenantChristopher BellNBD18491.4.1808 - 18.4.1808CommanderEdward BurtNBD184914.2.1811 - 3.1812CommanderJohn Alexander (d.1857)NL1865

6 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
20.10.1802 - 5.10.1803LieutenantChristopher BellNBD184910.1803 - 1804LieutenantLeslie BouldersonNBD18496.5.1804 - 6.6.1804LieutenantAlexander BrodieNBD184910.4.1813 - 10.11.1813Acting LieutenantChristopher Beer (d.1872)NBD184910.11.1813 - 23.7.1814LieutenantChristopher Beer (d.1872)NBD184916.3.1814 - 4.1815LieutenantJohn BowdenNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
18.2.1784 - 7.1.1794GunnerWilliam LongADM29-1

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
3.1791 - 10.4.1793MidshipmanJames Brisbane (1774-1826)ref:61626.2.1806 - 16.5.1806MidshipmanNicholas Alexander (1789-1852)NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
16.3.1780fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
19.4.1780Began coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
9.6.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £848.15.8dBWAS-1714
4.1782Began refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
12.4.1782Battle of the Saintes
5.1782Completed refitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2170.4.6dBWAS-1714
27.6.1782Took the Privateer Le Petit Gens d'Armes in the Channel
10.5.1783

Paid off

ADM 51
3.10.1783Paid offADM 51
30.4.1785

Paid off

ref:543
11.12.1787Paid offADM 51
6.1789Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
2.1790Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £5931.0.0dBWAS-1714
7.1790RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1790fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £510.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
10.4.1793Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
18.5.1795Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.1799Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
8.1799RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.1799Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3663.0.0dBWAS-1714
21.6.1801Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1803Receiving hulk at JamaicaBWAS-1714
1803Refitted as a Other Vessels Receiving Hulk
13.1.1818Foundered in Port Arthur harbourBWAS-1714
10.4.1818Remains soldBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NL1865The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
ADM 51ADM 51 1669-1853 Admiralty: Captains' Logs Archive
ref:543ADM 34 Treasurers Pay Books. Series II Document
 

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