Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1781BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1783BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Boatbuilders - Dover BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSpeedy ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Thomas King (1739-1815)BWAS-1714
Constructor Thomas King (1739-1815)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1714
BecomesFrench brig 'Le Speedy' (1794) (14)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck78' 3"Imperial Feet23.7839 
Length of Keel59' 0"Imperial Feet17.9832 
Breadth25' 9"Imperial Feet7.6657 
Depth in Hold10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Forward5' 2"Imperial Feet1.5748 
Draught Aft9' 0"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen208 894Imperial Feet0.0022 


5.1783Broadside Weight = 31 Imperial Pound ( 14.0588 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

7 Ship Commanders

6.7.1782 - 20.5.1783Commander John Young (c.1739-1797) ADM 6/22/492ADM 6/2220.5.1783 - 8.5.1787Commander Josiah Rogers (1755-1795) ADM 6/23/70BWAS-17148.5.1787 - 22.11.1790Commander John Maude (d.1796) ADM 6/23/396BWAS-171422.12.1790 - 13.11.1792Commander Richard Lane (d.1799) ADM 6/24/96BWAS-171413.11.1792 - 11.10.1793Commander Charles Cunningham (d.1834) ADM 6/24/181BWAS-171411.10.1793 - 20.2.1794Commander George Cockburn (1772-1853) ADM 6/25/40
Confirmed 6.5.1794
20.2.1794 - 9.6.1794Commander George Eyre ADM 6/25/97
Confirmed 20.10.1794

1 Petty Officer

5.1792 - 1793Midshipman Thomas Staines (1776-1830)ODNB

Service History

29.6.1782building at Dover - New Hampshire at a cost of £4200.7.3dBWAS-1714
16.7.1782Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
25.10.1782Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
5.1783Commissioned for the Humber stationBWAS-1714
1.1787Paid offBWAS-1714
4.1787Began refitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
7.1787Completed refitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £1801.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
6.1792Began refitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
12.1792Completed refitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3000.0.0dBWAS-1714


Previous comments on this page

Posted by regis on Tuesday 19th of May 2020 21:00

the destiny of this ship is wrong : become a ship from a French Alcion Class ??

Posted by Jeffrey D Modell on Monday 31st of December 2018 18:10

Was incapable of being rearmed from 4-pounders to 6-pounders because the gunports were too small. Lord Cochrane tried two 12-pounder chasers but the timbers would not take it. He replaced the mainyard with a foremast topgallant from Le Genereux, 74.

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