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Vestal

6691
Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.3.1778BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.5.1778BWAS-1714
Launched24.12.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBatson's Yard - Limehouse Hole BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise Class (1771)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Robert BatsonBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1735-1806
BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold2.1816BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 6"Imperial Feet36.5836 
Length of Keel99' 6"Imperial Feet30.1921 
Breadth33' 6"Imperial Feet10.1092 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen593 8994Tons BM 

Armament


24.12.1779Broadside Weight = 117 Imperial Pound ( 53.0598 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1.1771200Design Complement

17 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
26.11.1779 - 4.10.1780Captain
George KeppelBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
Transfered ADM 6/22/53
BWAS-1714
15.9.1780 - 11.1.1782Captain
George Cranfield BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1766-1814
Transfered ADM 6/22/182
Issued by
Richard EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1794
, Newfoundland - Canada
Confirmed 12.10.1780
BWAS-1714
11.1.1782 - 25.4.1783Captain
William FoxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1799
Transfered ADM 6/22/397
BWAS-1714
25.4.1783 - 6.3.1784Captain
Robert MurrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1814
ADM 6/23/247
Issued by
Robert DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1805
, North America
Confirmed 8.10.1784
BWAS-1714
9.8.1787 - 1.10.1791Captain ADM 6/23/408BWAS-17141.10.1791 - 26.3.1793Captain
Edward Oliver OsbornBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1813
ADM 6/24/170
Confirmed 1.7.1792
BWAS-1714
26.3.1793 - 30.7.1794Captain
John McDougallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1814
Transfered ADM 6/24/223
BWAS-1714
1.8.1794 - 8.1795Captain
James NewmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1795
ADM 6/25/69
BWAS-1714
8.1795 - 12.1799Captain
Charles WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1799
BWAS-1714
2.1800 - 4.1802Commander
Valentine CollardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1810
BWAS-1714
1805 - 7.1806Captain
Stephen Thomas DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1813
BWAS-1714
7.1806 - 1809Captain
Edwards Lloyd GrahamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1814
BWAS-1714
7.1810 - 1811Commander
John HoustonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1811
BWAS-1714
19.12.1810 - 11.1811Commander
Maurice Frederick Fitzhardinge BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1862
NBD1849
11.1811 - 7.6.1814Commander
Samuel Bartlett DeeckerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
BWAS-1714
7.6.1814 - 1815Captain
Samuel Bartlett DeeckerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
BWAS-1714
7.1815 - 8.1815Master
H CurtisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1815
BWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
6.1814Rear-Admiral of the Red
Sir Francis Laforey (2nd Baronet Laforey)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1814
BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
25.4.1800 - 31.5.1800Acting Lieutenant
Josias BrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1825
NAO

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1804 - 10.1806Midshipman
Francis Charles AnnesleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1815
NBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1.1780 - 9.1780Captain's Servant
Michael FittonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1815
NBD1849
1782 - 1.4.1783Captain's Servant
Henry DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1840
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21.2.1798 - 17981st Class Volunteer
Christopher Crackenthorp AskewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1846
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
24.12.1779building at Limehouse - London at a cost of £6875.12.11dBWAS-1714
24.12.1779Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
25.2.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £7241.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.4.1780Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.11.1780Took the Privateer
Fair American (18) 1780-1780
American 18 Gun
Privateer

11.3.1781Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
14.8.1781Took the Privateer
Lyon 1781-1781
American Privateer

2.9.1781Took the Frigate
Disdain (16) 1781-1781
American 16 Gun
Privateer Frigate

16.9.1781Took the Brig
Captain (10) 1781-1781
American 10 Gun
Privateer Brig

2.1782Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1782Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3617.15.11dBWAS-1714
17.4.1782Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.9.1782Took the Ship
La Sophie (28) 1782-1782
French 28 Gun
Hired Ship
BG
15.3.1783Took the Ship
Julius Caesar (14) 1781-1783
American 14 Gun
Privateer Ship

6.3.1784

Paid off

BWAS-1714
1.1786Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
8.1787RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1787Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £10016.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1789refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3019.0.0dBWAS-1714
29.8.1789Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
2.1793Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
5.1793Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7531.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
22.8.1795Action of 1795-08-22
11.3.1797Took the Schooner
Le Voltigeur 1796-1797
French Privateer Schooner
Flamborough Head bearing about W. by S. 7 leagues
BG
13.5.1797Took the Sloop
La Jalouse (18) 1794-1797
French 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
in the North Sea
BG
22.8.1798Took the Frigate
Alliantie (36) 1788-1795
Dutch 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
in the North Sea

12.1799Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1800RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1800Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
28.3.1800Embarked elements of the 40th Regiment of Foot at MargateJF1800
29.3.1800Anchored off DealJF1800
7.4.1800Put to seaJF1800
12.4.1800Put into TorbayJF1800
1802Egypt operationsBWAS-1714
4.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1803Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
10.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
9.1804Began repairs at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
2.1805Completed repairs at Rotherhithe - London - Surrey at a cost of £8791.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1805Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
3.1805Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
3.1805Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
17.7.1805Action off Calais
7.1810RecommissionedBWAS-1714
7.1810Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
7.1810Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1810Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1814Refitted as a Other Vessels Prison Ship
8.1815Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1816Sold at BarbadosBWAS-1714


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.5.1798-20.5.1798Raid on Ostend
Home Riggs PophamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1820
 
 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 28th of March 2020 06:15

18/19 Feb 1808 Vestal 28 Captain Edwards Lloyd Graham blown off Dungeness, forced to anchor 3 miles off Diepee rescues a merchant ship from being driven ashore
10 Jun 1808 Vestal 28 Captain Edwards Lloyd Graham saild for Newfoundland from Spithead via the Azores
22 Jun 1808 Vestal 28 Captain Edwards Lloyd Graham on route for Newfoundland arrived St Michael, Azores


Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 21st of March 2020 08:31

3 Sept 1780 Vestal intercepted American Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens onboard continental packet Mercury, off the banks of Newfoundland. Although his dispatches were tossed in the water, they were retrieved by the British, who discovered the draft of a possible U.S.-Dutch treaty This prompted Britain to declare the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War.

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