Squirrel

6880
Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered30.10.1754BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down19.3.1755BWAS-1714
Named26.11.1754BWAS-1714
Launched23.10.1755BWAS-1714
First Commissioned28.10.1755BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardWoolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSquirrel ClassBWAS-1714
ConstructorEdward Allin (d.1795)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold16.1.1783BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck107' 3"Imperial Feet32.6245 
Length of Keel89' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet27.1336 
Breadth29' 1 ½"Imperial Feet8.8519 
Depth in Hold9' 2"Imperial Feet2.794 
Draught Forward7' 3"Imperial Feet2.2098 
Draught Aft10' 4"Imperial Feet3.1496 
Burthen403 5194Tons BM 

Armament


19.3.1755Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1754160Design Complement

14 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
28.10.1755 - 20.10.1757CaptainHyde Parker (1713/14-1783) ADM 6/18/204BWAS-171419.12.1757 - 21.12.1757CaptainJoshua Loring (1725-1781) ADM 6/18/463BWAS-171421.12.1757 - 12.5.1759CaptainJohn Wheelock (d.1779) ADM 6/18/463BWAS-171412.5.1759 - 26.9.1760CaptainJohn Cleland (d.1795) ADM 6/19/115BWAS-17147.4.1762 - 26.9.1762CaptainJames Cranston (c.1733-1790) ADM 6/19/396BWAS-171426.9.1762 - 18.5.1763CaptainJames Cranston (c.1733-1790) ADM 6/19/513
Issued by Charles Saunders (1713-1775), The Mediterranean Sea
Commission confirmed 20.6.1763
ADM 6/19
18.5.1763 - 23.7.1767CaptainRichard Smith (c.1734-1811) ADM 6/19/499BWAS-171423.7.1767 - 4.11.1769CaptainJohn Botterell (c.1716-1793) ADM 6/20/175BWAS-17144.11.1769 - 15.1.1772CaptainEdward Cauldwell (d.1773) ADM 6/20/375
Issued by Robert Man (1721-1783), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 16.5.1770
BWAS-1714
1.11.1773 - 9.5.1777CaptainStair Douglas (c.1735-1789) ADM 6/20/525BWAS-17149.5.1777 - 17.12.1778CaptainHenry Harvey (1737-1810) ADM 6/21/334
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795), Newfoundland - Canada
Commission confirmed 7.11.1777
ODNB
17.12.1778 - 19.4.1780CaptainFarmery Epworth (c.1738-1804) ADM 6/21/488BWAS-171419.4.1780 - 23.8.1781CaptainThomas Piercy (c.1732-1793): on board from 8.5.1780 ADM 6/22/115ref:55923.8.1781 - 17.7.1782CaptainJohn Inglis (c.1741-1807) ADM 6/22/329BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1.5.1781 - 11.7.1781LieutenantJames Athol Wood (1756-1829)ref:559

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1.2.1774 - 2.7.1776Master's MateWilliam Carnegie (1756-1831)NAO

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
18.12.1773 - 31.1.1774Able SeamanWilliam Carnegie (1756-1831)NAO

Service History


DateEventSource
19.3.1755Began building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
23.10.1755Completed building at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7272.2.5dBWAS-1714
23.10.1755Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
28.12.1755Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £2265.1.7dBWAS-1714
19.10.1756Took the Privateer Le Trés Vénèrable (2)
15.1.1758Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.6.1758The Siege of Louisbourg
1759At QuebecBWAS-1714
30.1.1760Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
26.9.1760

Paid off

BWAS-1714
4.1762In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1763Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.1763Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3019.19.9dBWAS-1714
7.1767RecommissionedBWAS-1714
9.10.1767Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1.1772Surveyed at SheernessBWAS-1714
15.1.1772

Paid off

BWAS-1714
4.1772Began great repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
11.1773RecommissionedBWAS-1714
1.1774Completed great repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £9560.1.8dBWAS-1714
31.1.1774Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1.1777Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1777Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £2213.4.4dBWAS-1714
14.4.1777Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
15.2.1778Sailed with a convoy for AfricaBWAS-1714
10.1781Began coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
12.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £4355.10.9dBWAS-1714
15.2.1782Took the Privateer Le Furet
21.6.1782Took the Privateer L'Aimable Manon (18) off Land's End
17.7.1782

Paid off

BWAS-1714
16.1.1783Sold at Sheerness for £1,100 plus £302.5.0d for the copper on her bottomBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
ref:559Australlian RoyaltyMarion PurnellWeb Site
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
 

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