Nominal Guns12BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Burthen287?Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1776125 BWAS-1714

4 Ship Commanders

10.5.1777 - 18.7.1778Commander William Young (1751-1821) ADM 6/21/454
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 23.9.1778
18.7.1778 - 1.10.1779Commander Billy Douglas (d.1817) Transfered ADM 6/21/456
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 1.10.1778
8.10.1779 - 8.5.1781Commander Charles George Heywood ADM 6/22/35ADM 6/228.5.1781 - 13.6.1781Commander William Jackson (d.1802) ADM 6/22/420BWAS-1714

Service History

5.1776Commissioned for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
13.6.1776Purchased at Jamaica - Greater Antilles BWAS-1714
9.9.1779Siege of Savannah
13.6.1781Taken by Pilgrim (18) en-route to England
13.6.1781Taken by Rambler (10) en-route to England


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Michael Contratto on Tuesday 12th of January 2021 20:41

I have caused Two Ships to be purchased; in every respect fitt to be made Sloops of war One is the French Ship taken by the Seaford} which on a strict examination and Survey is reported capable of carrying Sixteen Six pound Guns; if those can be procured; I have got Ten of that kind, by taking Eight from the Sylph Sloop coming to England with the present Convoy) which I replaced by the same Number of four Pounders. this Ship being of such considerable force I have thought proper to give her the Complement of the 16 Gun Sloops, Viz 125 Men; and the 10th May last I appointed Mr William Young 1st Lieutenant of the Portland to the Command: and have named her the Snake.

ADM1/309 12 jun 1777 Adm Young to Adm

Posted by Bob Brooks on Saturday 17th of August 2013 16:26

The Snake at Savannah, Georgia, during the siege was the half-galley Snake, manned by a petty-officer and 24 seamen from HMS Fowey. (see: ADM 1/1905/14. The redacted letter is in The London Gazette, 18-21 Dec 1779, pp. 1-3)

Posted by Bob Brooks on Saturday 17th of August 2013 16:19

BWAS-1714, pp. 289 & 316, greatly confuses two Sloops named Snake and their commanders. The best information I have is the reconstructed paybook (ADM 34/725) for this vessel covering 29 Mar 1781 to 16 July 1781, the ending date being the date of the court-martial for the loss of the ship (ADM 1/5318) which was taken 13 June 1781 by American privateers Pilgrim & Rambler.
William Young (ADM 6/21, p. 454 [10 May 1777]) & Billy Douglas (ADM 6/21, p.456 [18 July 1778]) both commanded the Snake, Sloop, commissioned in the Leeward Islands on 10 May 1777.

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