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
ShipyardLimehouse BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorRobert Batson (1735-1806)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
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

18 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
26.11.1779 - 9.1780CaptainGeorge Keppel ADM 6/22/53BWAS-171415.9.1780 - 1782CaptainGeorge Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818)BWAS-17141782 - 11.1782CaptainWilliam Fox (d.1810)BWAS-171411.1782 - 12.1782CommanderRobert MurrayBWAS-171414.4.1783 - 3.1784CaptainGeorge Oakes (d.1797)BWAS-17148.1787 - 1791CaptainRichard John Strachan (d.1828)BWAS-17141792 - 1793CaptainEdward Oliver OsbornBWAS-17146.1793 - 10.1794CaptainJohn McDougallBWAS-171410.1794 - 8.1795CaptainJames Newman (d.1811)BWAS-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 at a cost of £6875.12.11dBWAS-1714
24.12.1779Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
25.2.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard 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 Privateer Frigate Disdain (16)
16.9.1781Took the Privateer Brig Captain (10)
2.1782Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1782Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3617.15.11dBWAS-1714
17.4.1782Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
12.9.1782Took the Hired Vessel Ship Sophie (28)
15.3.1783Took the Privateer Ship Julius Caesar (14)
4.1783RecommissionedBWAS-1714
3.1784Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1786Began great repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1787RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.1787Completed great repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £10016.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1789refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3019.0.0dBWAS-1714
29.8.1789Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
2.1793Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1793Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £7531.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1793RecommissionedBWAS-1714
22.8.1795Action of 1795-08-22
13.5.1797Took the Unrated Sloop La Jalouse (18) in the North Sea
22.8.1798Took the Fifth Rate 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 BWAS-1714
10.1803Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1804Began repairs at Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
2.1805Completed repairs at Rotherhithe at a cost of £8791.0.0dBWAS-1714
2.1805Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1805Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
3.1805Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard 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 BWAS-1714
9.1810Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1814Refitted as a Other Vessels Prison Ship
8.1815Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1816Sold at BarbadosBWAS-1714

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1798/05/141798/05/20Raid on OstendHome Riggs Popham (1762-1820)

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
JF1800A Journal of the Forces which sailed form the Downs, April 1800Aeneas AndersonWeb Site
 

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