Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned27.12.1745
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin Class
Designed byJacob Ackworth (d.1748/49)BWAS-1714
ConstructorHenry BirdBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigSnow


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 10 ½"Imperial Feet27.7495 
Length of Keel75' 7 ¾"Imperial Feet22.8791 
Breadth26' 3 ½"Imperial Feet7.9375 
Depth in Hold6' 10 ¼"Imperial Feet1.8352 
Burthen278 1394Tons BM 


14.12.1745Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement
1748125 BWAS-1714

14 Commanding Officers

27.12.1745 - 9.10.1748CommanderJohn Rowzier (c.1714-1752) ADM 6/17/35BWAS-17149.10.1748 - 1.9.1749CommanderAndrew Cockburne (d.1768) ADM 6/18/4
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
Commission confirmed 23.5.1751
1.9.1749 - 22.1.1753CommanderHenry Speke (d.1760) ADM 6/18/72
Issued by The Hon. Edward Boscawen (1711-1761)
Commission confirmed 20.6.1753
24.7.1755 - 23.8.1756CommanderHenry Angel (c.1714-1777) ADM 6/18/182BWAS-171423.8.1756 - 11.9.1758CommanderJohn Lendrick (d.1780) ADM 6/18/303BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 26.12.1758CommanderHerbert Sawyer (d.1798) ADM 6/18/549ADM 6/183.1.1759 - 14.4.1760CommanderFrancis Banks (c.1730-1777) ADM 6/19/19BWAS-171414.4.1760 - 27.8.1760CommanderCharles Fielding (1738-1783) ADM 6/19/158BWAS-171427.8.1760 - 3.7.1761CommanderJames Cranston (d.1790) ADM 6/19/193BWAS-17143.7.1761 - 7.4.1762CommanderRobert Brice (c.1730-1805) ADM 6/19/326BWAS-17147.4.1762 - 24.5.1763CommanderJames Mackenzie (c.1715-1789): on board from 26.5.1762 ADM 6/19/396BWAS-171410.5.1765 - 20.6.1765CommanderWilliam Dickson (d.1803) ADM 6/20/74ADM 6/2020.6.1765 - 2.4.1766CommanderJames Jones (d.1780) ADM 6/20/79ADM 6/201.7.1766 - 4.1769CommanderPhilip Carteret (1732/33-1796) ADM 6/20/126BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

7.4.1761 - 1.7.1766LieutenantJohn Ford (d.1796) ADM 6/19/306ADM 6/19

Service History

5.1745Began building at Rotherhithe BWAS-1714
14.12.1745Completed building at Rotherhithe at a cost of £2144.0.0dBWAS-1714
14.12.1745Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.2.1745/46Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £2080.9.3dBWAS-1714
11.1747Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1748Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop BWAS-1714
22.1.1753Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 6/18
6.1755Began middling repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.1755Completed middling repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £3370.2.1dBWAS-1714
4.5.1757Took the Privateer Le Faucon (10)
6.1758Operations against St Malo, Cherbourg and St Cas until SeptemberBWAS-1714
9.1.1761Took the Privateer Le Vautour (4) BG
12.2.1761Took the Privateer Le Tigre
28.2.1761Took the Privateer Snow Le Sultan (10) off Bayonne after a chafe of 26 hours and brought into Plymouth SoundBG

Paid off

ADM 51
2.1766Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
8.1766Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £3915.1.6dBWAS-1714
21.8.1766Sailed for the PacificBWAS-1714
3.6.1768Arrived at Batavia from BonteBWAS-1714
5.9.1768Sailed from Batavia for LondonBWAS-1714
4.1769Paid offBWAS-1714
20.6.1769Sold at Deptford for £545BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/18ADM 6/18 Commission and Warrant Book 1751 May-1758 Oct.  Archive
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive
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