Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1781BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1783
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKing's Boatbuilders BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSpeedy Class
Designed byThomas King (1739-1815)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas King (1739-1815)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigBrig
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

6 Commanding Officers

5.1783 - 1.1787CommanderJosiah Rogers (1755-1795)BWAS-17145.1787 - 11.1790CommanderJohn Maude (d.1796)BWAS-171422.11.1790 - 10.1791CommanderRichard Lane (d.1799)BWAS-171411.1792 - 10.1793CommanderCharles Cunningham (d.1834)BWAS-171411.10.1793 - 2.1794CommanderGeorge Cockburn (1772-1853)BWAS-171420.2.1794 - 9.6.1794CommanderGeorge EyreBWAS-1714

1 Petty Officer

5.1792 - 1793MidshipmanThomas Staines (1776-1830)ODNB

Service History

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


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site

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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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