Viper

6868
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.8.1755BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down16.8.1755BWAS-1714
Launched31.3.1756BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.3.1756
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassHunter Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas WestBWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigSnow
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 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
30.3.1756 - 15.11.1756CommanderFrancis Samuel Drake (1729-1789) ADM 6/18/249BWAS-171415.11.1756 - 25.11.1757CommanderLancelot Skynner (d.1760) ADM 6/18/325BWAS-171425.11.1757 - 14.12.1757CommanderFrancis Banks (c.1730-1777) ADM 6/18/456ref:59114.12.1757 - 29.1.1759CommanderHousman Broadley (d.1759)† ADM 6/18/462BWAS-171430.1.1759 - 6.1.1761CommanderArthur Usher (d.1763) ADM 6/19/556
Issued by Thomas Coates (1712-1767)
Commission confirmed 16.12.1763
BWAS-1714
6.8.1761 - 4.4.1763CommanderJohn Urry (d.1801) ADM 6/19/338BWAS-17144.4.1763 - 1766CommanderJacob Lobb (d.1773) ADM 6/19/478BWAS-17149.6.1767 - 26.5.1768CommanderWilliam Forster (d.1780) ADM 6/20/170BWAS-171417.9.1768 - 25.11.1768Acting CommanderRobert Linzee (d.1805) ADM 6/20/324ADM 6/2025.11.1768 - 3.10.1770CommanderRobert Linzee (d.1805) ADM 6/20/222BWAS-17143.10.1770 - 12.1771CommanderThomas Porter (d.1775)BWAS-171425.6.1773 - 13.4.1775CommanderRoger Wills (d.1789) ADM 6/20/500ADM 6/2013.4.1775 - 15.11.1775CommanderDavid Pryce ADM 6/21/87BWAS-171415.11.1775 - 15.9.1777CommanderSamuel Graves ADM 6/21/136BWAS-17141779 - 15.12.1779CommanderLord John Augustus Hervey (1757-1796)BWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
16.8.1755Began building at Deptford BWAS-1714
31.3.1756Completed building at Deptford at a cost of £1817.4.8dBWAS-1714
31.3.1756Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
28.5.1756Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £1813.2.5dBWAS-1714
15.12.1757Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
10.1762Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1763Began small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.3.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1763RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1763Completed small repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1358.16.3dBWAS-1714
29.6.1763Sailed for North CarolinaBWAS-1714
1766Paid offBWAS-1714
7.10.1766SurveyedBWAS-1714
11.1766Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1767Recommissioned and later sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
7.1767Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £2429.2.9dBWAS-1714
1769At BostonBWAS-1714
12.1771Paid offBWAS-1714
2.1775Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1775Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1775RecommissionedBWAS-1714
6.1775Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £3147.9.4dBWAS-1714
6.1775Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £1076.8.11dBWAS-1714
25.6.1775Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
15.12.1779Wrecked inteh St Lawrence estuaryBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:5911295: The Year of the Galleys (Lecture Transcript)Dr Ian FrielWeb Site
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
 

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