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 ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorRobert Batson (1735-1806)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
26.11.1779 - 4.10.1780CaptainGeorge Keppel ADM 6/22/53BWAS-171415.9.1780 - 11.1.1782CaptainGeorge Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818) ADM 6/22/182
Issued by Richard Edwards (1715-1795), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 12.10.1780
BWAS-1714
11.1.1782 - 25.4.1783CaptainWilliam Fox (c.1734-1810) ADM 6/22/397BWAS-171425.4.1783 - 6.3.1784CaptainRobert Murray ADM 6/23/247
Issued by Robert Digby (1732-1815), North America
Commission confirmed 8.10.1784
BWAS-1714
9.8.1787 - 1.10.1791CaptainSir Richard John Strachan (6th Baronet of Thornton, Kincardine) (1760-1828) ADM 6/23/408BWAS-17141.10.1791 - 26.3.1793CaptainEdward Oliver Osborn ADM 6/24/170
Commission confirmed 1.7.1792
BWAS-1714
26.3.1793 - 30.7.1794CaptainJohn McDougall ADM 6/24/223BWAS-17141.8.1794 - 8.1795CaptainJames Newman (d.1811) ADM 6/25/69BWAS-17148.1795 - 12.1799CaptainCharles White (d.1810)BWAS-17142.1800 - 4.1802CommanderValentine CollardBWAS-17141805 - 7.1806CaptainStephen Thomas DigbyBWAS-17147.1806 - 1809CaptainEdwards Lloyd GrahamBWAS-17147.1810 - 1811CommanderJohn Houston (d.1811)BWAS-171419.12.1810 - 11.1811CommanderMaurice Frederick Fitzhardinge Berkeley (1788-1867)NBD184911.1811 - 7.6.1814CommanderSamuel Bartlett DeeckerBWAS-17147.6.1814 - 1815CaptainSamuel Bartlett DeeckerBWAS-17147.1815 - 8.1815MasterH CurtisBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer


DatesRankNameSource
6.1814Rear-Admiral of the RedSir Francis Laforey (2nd Baronet Laforey) (1767-1835)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
25.4.1800 - 31.5.1800Acting LieutenantJosias Bray (d.1846)NAO

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1804 - 10.1806MidshipmanFrancis Charles Annesley (d.1846)NBD1849

3 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
1.1780 - 9.1780Captain's ServantMichael Fitton (1765-1852)NBD18491782 - 1.4.1783Captain's ServantHenry Digby (1770-1842)ref:61621.2.1798 - 17981st Class VolunteerChristopher Crackenthorp Askew (1782-1848)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)
11.3.1781Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
14.8.1781Took the Privateer Lyon
14.8.1781Taken by Aeolus (32)
2.9.1781Took the Frigate Disdain (16)
16.9.1781Took the Brig Captain (10)
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) BG
15.3.1783Took the Ship Julius Caesar (14)
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 Flamborough Head bearing about W. by S. 7 leaguesBG
13.5.1797Took the Sloop La Jalouse (18) in the North SeaBG
22.8.1798Took the Frigate Alliantie (36) 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 OstendHome Riggs Popham (1762-1820) 
 

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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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