Swift

6651
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered16.10.1775BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.1776BWAS-1714
Named17.11.1775BWAS-1714
Launched1.1.1777BWAS-1714
First Commissioned23.1.1777BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPortsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by John Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor Edward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Burnt to avoid capture24.11.1778BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7"Imperial Feet29.2904 
Length of Keel79' 0"Imperial Feet24.0792 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen302 5394Tons BM 

Armament


1.1.1777Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.1.1777 - 18.3.1777Commander Hugh Robinson (1735-1802) ADM 6/21/252ADM 6/2118.3.1777 - 12.1777Commander Thomas Lennox Frederick (1750-1799)BWAS-171418.3.1777 - 26.1.1778Commander George Keppel ADM 6/21/267BWAS-17144.2.1778 - 13.10.1778Commander John Brown (1751-1808) ADM 6/21/362BWAS-171413.10.1778 - 24.11.1778Commander Joseph Tathwell (d.1788)BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
1.1776Began building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1.1777Completed building at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7734.2.3dBWAS-1714
1.1.1777Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.3.1777Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
27.3.1777Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
22.11.1778Grounded off Cape Henry and burnt to avoid captureBWAS-1714
24.11.1778

Burnt to avoid capture after attepmts to refloat proved useless.

BWAS-1714

 

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