Gunboat No. 7 -> 1797 Sparkler

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1797BWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAcute ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn Randall (1755-1802)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeGunboat BWAS-1793


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 


4.1797Broadside Weight = 132 Imperial Pound ( 59.862 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck12 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 24-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.179750Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers

4.1797 - 6.1798LieutenantAustin TernanBWAS-17936.1798 - 8.1800LieutenantWilliam WalkerTNC8.1800 - 1801LieutenantJohn StevensBWAS-17931801LieutenantWilliam Dick (d.1808)BWAS-1793

Service History

4.1797Commissioned for the ChannelBWAS-1793
12.4.1797Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
21.6.1797Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
7.8.1797Renamed SparklerBWAS-1793
2.1799coppering at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
16.9.1800Took the Lugger La Victoire off St Marcou
1801In the BalticBWAS-1793


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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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