Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down10.5.1762BWAS-1714
First Commissioned20.8.1763
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNewcastle upon Tyne BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMermaid Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas AireyBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Burnt to avoid capture25.1.1782BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 0"Imperial Feet37.7952 
Length of Keel102' 8 ⅛"Imperial Feet31.0928 
Breadth33' 6 ⅜"Imperial Feet10.0679 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen612 7294Tons BM 


9.9.1763Broadside 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
1760200Design Complement

8 Commanding Officers

20.8.1763 - 25.8.1766CaptainWilliam Hay (c.1734-1801) ADM 6/19/528BWAS-171425.8.1766 - 13.8.1767CaptainJames Bremer (c.1723-1774) ADM 6/20/134BWAS-171413.8.1767 - 27.6.1770CaptainLucius O'Brien (d.1771) ADM 6/20/177BWAS-171427.6.1770 - 23.4.1773CaptainGeorge Vandeput (d.1800) ADM 6/20/282BWAS-171420.6.1775 - 5.7.1775CaptainHenry Bellew (c.1729-1791) ADM 6/21/98BWAS-171425.7.1775 - 1.6.1780CaptainThomas Symonds (c.1720-1792) ADM 6/21/107BWAS-17141.6.1780 - 13.9.1780CaptainHugh Robinson (1735-1802)BWAS-171413.9.1780 - 25.1.1782CaptainCharles Holmes Everitt ADM 6/22/169BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

24.10.1780 - 25.1.1782MasterEdward BarkerADM29-1

Service History

9.9.1763building at Newcastle upon Tyne at a cost of £5606.16.2dBWAS-1714
9.9.1763Began fitting at Newcastle upon Tyne BWAS-1714
12.1763Completed fitting at Newcastle upon Tyne at a cost of £3669.15.11dBWAS-1714
2.1.1764Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
15.3.1764Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £703.2.2dBWAS-1714
20.5.1764Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
7.1772Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1772Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £1661.8.7dBWAS-1714
6.1775Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1775Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £7310.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.2.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
23.2.1778Took the Privateer Le Vicomte de Veaux (24)
1780Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1780Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.9.1780Took the Privateer La Comtesse Bezancois (20) in the Channel
11.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £7254.11.3dBWAS-1714
19.12.1780Took the Privateer Sloop La Marquise de Seignelay (20) in the Channel
1781Took the Privateer Dan (8)
12.3.1781Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
17.7.1781Took the Privateer Schooner Resource (20)
5.9.1781Battle of the Chesapeake
12.9.1781Took the Unrated Sloop Savage (14)
25.1.1782Wrecked off Nevis and burnt to avoid captureBWAS-1714
25.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 5th of April 2014 19:29

The Edinburgh Advertiser
Feb. 4, 1780
Extract of a letter from Milford, by a passenger who came up, express Jan 25. - Six sail of ships, part of the fleet from New York, have put in here; the left the first mentioned place on the 23rd last, under convoy of the Solebay of 28 guns. Houghton and Lioness armed ships. The Solebay carried away all her masts on the voyage, and was otherwise much damaged. The fleet consisted of 104 sail when they passed Sandy Hook. Near 100 sail of men of war and transports, with 10,000 troops on board, were lying there, all ready for sailing, and expected to depart two days after the departure of the above fleet for the southward.

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