Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
ShipyardShoreham - Sussex BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck95' 7"Imperial Feet28.9916 
Length of Keel75' 3"Imperial Feet22.8752 
Breadth26' 2"Imperial Feet7.9333 
Depth in Hold10' 7"Imperial Feet3.2258 
Burthen274 594Tons BM 


6.1804Broadside Weight = 135 Imperial Pound ( 61.2225 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck14 British 18-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder

3 Commanding Officers

6.1804 - 22.1.1806CommanderJohn BushbyBWAS-179322.1.1806 - 1807CommanderJohn HudsonBWAS-179310.1810 - 20.12.1812MasterRichard AndersonBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

9.7.1804 - 1.1805LieutenantJosias Bray (d.1846)NAO6.1805 - 6.8.1806Acting LieutenantJohn Arnold (1784-1850)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

14.7.1804 - 10.1805MidshipmanThomas Bushby (d.1865)NBD1849

Service History

5.1804Began fitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1793
12.6.1804Completed fitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1793
12.6.1804Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
9.8.1804Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
7.1807In Ordinary at SheernessBWAS-1793
9.1810Began fitted as a storeship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
10.1810Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Storeship
10.1810Completed fitted as a storeship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
20.12.1812Taken by La Gloire (44) en-route to Halifax, but retaken
12.1813Sold at DeptfordBWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 10:42

Register of Shipping 1804
Comet ship 274t 14ft dratf
4 years old built Shoreham
master: E. Tate
owner: Lyall
voyager: Lo.Trinidad

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 10:40

Papers Respecting The Navy, Presented In Pursuance Of Addresses of the House of Lords to His Majesty.
Navy Office, 18th March 1805

HMS Spy was purchased form John Lyall
'Comet' was 5 year old and has 274bm
was purchased for £4,100
moreover £2,724 were spent to fitting the ship at King'S Yard.

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