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Surprise

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Nominal Guns24
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered11.8.1744
Keel Laid Down9.1745
Launched27.1.1745/46
How acquiredPurpose built
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire
Ship Class1741 Establishment 20-Gunner (1741)
Designed by
Jacob AckworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1690-1696
Constructor
James Wyatt & Co.British
Ship Builder
CategorySixth Rate
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Sold17.7.1770

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck112' 6"Imperial Feet34.1503 
Length of Keel91' 10"Imperial Feet27.7368 
Breadth32' 3"Imperial Feet9.7917 
Depth in Hold11' 1"Imperial Feet3.3782 
Burthen508 494Tons BM 

Armament


27.1.1745/46Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1714
Lower Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1741140Design Complement

8 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
22.1.1745/46 - 12.6.1746Captain
Abel SmithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1749
Transfered ADM 6/17/47
ADM 6/17
25.6.1746 - 3.2.1748/49Captain
James WebbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1728-1759
ADM 6/17/120
BWAS-1714
2.6.1749 - 5.6.1755Captain
Patrick BairdBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1761
Transfered ADM 6/17/468
BWAS-1714
5.2.1756 - 17.2.1758Captain
Richard KnightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1780
Transfered ADM 6/18/233
BWAS-1714
17.2.1758 - 11.12.1759Captain
Charles AntrobusBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1766
Transfered ADM 6/18/487
BWAS-1714
11.12.1759 - 2.6.1763Captain
Joseph FraineBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1763
ADM 6/19/118
BWAS-1714
20.6.1765 - 25.8.1766Captain
George VandeputBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1758
Transfered ADM 6/20/78
ADM 6/20
26.5.1768Captain
John Lewis GidoinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1742-1795
Discharged ADM 6/20/203
ADM 6/20

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.1.1745/46 - 21.3.1745/46Lieutenant
Christopher LobbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1747
ADM 6/17/47
ADM 6/17
21.8.1751 - 6.2.1756Lieutenant
James ChadsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1776
ADM 6/18/11
ADM 6/18

Service History


DateEventSource
27.1.1745/46building at Buckler's Hard - Hampshire at a cost of £3984.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.2.1745/46Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
22.3.1745/46Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3195.7.7dBWAS-1714
28.5.1746Took the Privateer
L'Aventurier 1746-1746
French Privateer

19.11.1746Took the Privateer
L'Etendard (4) 1746-1746
French 4 Gun
Privateer
and carried into the Downs .
BG
23.1.1747Took the Corvette
La Palme (12) 1745-1747
French 12 Gun
Unrated Corvette
into the Bay of Biscay
BG
30.5.1747Took the Privateer
L'Entreprenant 1747-1747
French Privateer

3.2.1749Paid offADM 51
6.1749RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1750Off the coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
1751Off the coast of AfricaBWAS-1714
1752In the ChannelBWAS-1714
1753In the ChannelBWAS-1714
5.9.1754Paid offBWAS-1714
8.3.1755SurveyedBWAS-1714
7.1755Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
5.2.1756RecommissionedBWAS-1714
4.1756Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £4161.6.8dBWAS-1714
22.6.1756Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
20.1.1757Took the Privateer
La Marie Eleanor 1757-1757
French Privateer

23.3.1759Sailed with a convoy for South CarolinaBWAS-1714
16.4.1759Took the Privateer
Le Lévrier (8) 1759-1759
French 8 Gun
Privateer
off Dunkirk

1761Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
1762Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
1763Off the Portugese coastBWAS-1714
2.6.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
27.8.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
31.1.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
13.6.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
14.6.1770Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714
17.7.1770Sold at Deptford for £440BWAS-1714

 

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