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Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.8.1755BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down16.8.1755BWAS-1714
Launched31.3.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.3.1756BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1714
Ship ClassHunter Class (1755)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Sir Thomas SladeBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1744-1756
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Thomas WestBritish
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1757-1758
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714
Wrecked15.12.1779BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck88' 7 ½"Imperial Feet26.8351 
Length of Keel72' 11 ⅜"Imperial Feet21.9551 
Breadth24' 3"Imperial Feet7.3343 
Depth in Hold7' 1"Imperial Feet2.159 
Burthen228 1794Tons BM 

Armament


31.3.1756Broadside Weight = 33 Imperial Pound ( 14.9658 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1755100Design Complement

15 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
30.3.1756 - 15.11.1756Commander
Francis Samuel DrakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1780
ADM 6/18/249
BWAS-1714
15.11.1756 - 25.11.1757Commander
Lancelot SkynnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1755
Transfered ADM 6/18/325
BWAS-1714
25.11.1757 - 14.12.1757Commander
Francis BanksBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1772
Transfered ADM 6/18/456
ref:591
14.12.1757 - 29.1.1759Commander
Housman BroadleyBritish
Naval Sailor
† Discharged Dead ADM 6/18/462
BWAS-1714
30.1.1759 - 6.1.1761Commander
Arthur UsherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1763
ADM 6/19/556
Issued by
Thomas CoatesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1722-1762
, Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Confirmed 16.12.1763
BWAS-1714
6.8.1761 - 19.10.1762Commander
John UrryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1794
ADM 6/19/338
BWAS-1714
4.4.1763 - 18.9.1766Commander
Jacob LobbBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1766
ADM 6/19/478
BWAS-1714
9.6.1767 - 26.5.1768Commander
William ForsterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1781
ADM 6/20/170
BWAS-1714
17.9.1768 - 25.11.1768Acting Commander
Robert LinzeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1801
ADM 6/20/324
ADM 6/20
25.11.1768 - 3.10.1770Commander
Robert LinzeeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1754-1801
ADM 6/20/222
BWAS-1714
3.10.1770 - 13.12.1771Commander
Thomas PorterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1771
BWAS-1714
25.6.1773 - 13.4.1775Commander
Roger WillsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1779
ADM 6/20/500
ADM 6/20
13.4.1775 - 15.11.1775Commander
David PryceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1775
ADM 6/21/87
BWAS-1714
15.11.1775 - 15.9.1777Commander
Samuel GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1803
ADM 6/21/136
BWAS-1714
20.6.1778 - 15.12.1779Commander
Lord John Augustus HerveyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1796
ADM 6/22/84
Issued by
Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)British
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1736-1799
, North America
Confirmed 1.2.1780
BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
16.8.1755Began building at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
31.3.1756Completed building at Deptford - London at a cost of £1817.4.8dBWAS-1714
31.3.1756Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
28.5.1756Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1813.2.5dBWAS-1714
15.12.1757Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
6.6.1762Operations against Havana
19.10.1762

Paid off

BWAS-1714
2.1763Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
11.3.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
6.1763Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1358.16.3dBWAS-1714
29.6.1763Sailed for North CarolinaBWAS-1714
18.9.1766

Paid off

ADM 33
7.10.1766SurveyedBWAS-1714
11.1766Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
7.1767Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2429.2.9dBWAS-1714
1769At Boston BWAS-1714
13.12.1771

Paid off

ADM 33
2.1775Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1775Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
6.1775Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3147.9.4dBWAS-1714
6.1775Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1076.8.11dBWAS-1714
25.6.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
15.12.1779

Wrecked in the St Lawrence estuary

BWAS-1714

 

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