Gunboat No. 7 -> 1797 Sparkler6798
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1797/02BWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAcute Class
Designed bySir John HenslowBWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn RandallBWAS-1793
Ship TypeGunboat


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck75' 2"Imperial Feet22.8702
Length of Keel61' 8 ¼"Imperial Feet18.5992
Breadth22' 2"Imperial Feet6.731
Depth in Hold8' 0"Imperial Feet2.4384
Draught Forward3' 9"Imperial Feet1.143
Draught Aft6' 0"Imperial Feet1.8288
Burthen161 2194Tons BM


1797/04Broadside Weight = 132 Imperial Pound ( 59.862 kg) BWAS-1793
Gun Deck12British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2British 24-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797/0250Design Complement 


1797/041798/06LieutenantAustin TernanBWAS-1793
1798/061800/08LieutenantWilliam WalkerTNC
1800/081801LieutenantJohn StevensBWAS-1793
18011801LieutenantWilliam DickBWAS-1793

Service History

DateEvent Source
1797/04Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1793
1797/04/12Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
1797/06/21Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1793
1797/08/07Renamed SparklerBWAS-1793
1799/02coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1800/09/16Took the Privateer Lugger La Victoire off St Marcou 
1801In the BalticBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook
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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 25th of December 2016 21:05

24 Jun 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, at Portsmouth harbour, on Mr. William O'Kelly, the surgeon of the gun vessel Sparkler. Lieutenant Walker, the commanding officers stated he behaved in a mutinous, riotous and disorderly manner : disobeying orders, and striking Mr.Allen, the Clerk etc. The charges being proved in part, Mr. O'Kelly was sentenced to two years in Marshalsea Prison, and to forfeit his pay.

2 Jul 1800 a court martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on William Walker, commanding officer of the Sparkler, on numerous charges of having answered for men at musters who had deserted, having shortened the ship's provisions and drawn the balance on shore for his own use ; and sent salt herrings on board without vegetables, and much else besides. The charges being proved in part Lieutenant Walker was dismissed HM Service.

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