Swan -> 1779 Explosion -> 1783 Swan

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down6.1766BWAS-1714
First Commissioned23.2.1768BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorIsrael Pownoll (d.1779)BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 5"Imperial Feet29.282 
Length of Keel78' 10"Imperial Feet23.7744 
Breadth26' 9"Imperial Feet7.9629 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward7' 8"Imperial Feet2.3368 
Draught Aft9' 11"Imperial Feet2.7686 
Burthen300 494Tons BM 


21.11.1767Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

18 Commanding Officers

23.2.1768 - 10.1.1771CommanderThomas Wilkinson (c.1736-c.1776) ADM 6/20/196BWAS-171410.1.1771 - 1.10.1778CommanderJames Ayscough (c.1735-1789) ADM 6/20/334BWAS-171417.2.1778 - 1.10.1778CommanderThomas Totty (d.1802) ADM 6/22/138
Issued by Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe) (1725/26-1799), North America
Commission confirmed 30.5.1780
ADM 6/22
1.10.1778 - 12.2.1781CommanderWilliam Yeo (d.1808) ADM 6/22/31
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
Commission confirmed 30.9.1779
19.6.1783 - 14.7.1784CommanderEdward Seymour Bailey (d.1840) ADM 6/23/87BWAS-171414.7.1784 - 1785CommanderLauchlan Hunter ADM 6/23/231BWAS-171421.5.1790 - 4.8.1790CommanderRichard Willis (1755-1829) ADM 6/24/32BWAS-17144.8.1790 - 5.8.1790CommanderWilliam McGuire (d.1847) ADM 6/24/58ADM 6/245.8.1790 - 22.11.1790CommanderHenry Warre ADM 6/24/58ADM 6/2422.11.1790 - 9.5.1793CommanderJohn Elphinstone (d.1802) ADM 6/24/88ADM 6/2425.5.1793 - 28.10.1793CommanderGeorge Burdon ADM 6/24/242BWAS-171428.10.1793 - 1793CommanderLove Constable (d.1795) ADM 6/24/278ADM 6/2421.2.1794 - 2.1795CommanderHugh Pigot (d.1797) ADM 6/25/14BWAS-17142.1795 - 1.1797CommanderThomas PearseBWAS-17141.1797 - 8.1797CommanderWilliam StapBWAS-17148.1797 - 12.1800CommanderHenry CarewBWAS-171412.1800 - 2.1801CommanderGeorge Mundy (1777-1861)BWAS-171410.2.1801 - 3.1801CommanderSamuel PymBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

17.10.1792 - 21.12.1793LieutenantThomas Baker (1771-1845)ref:616

Service History

6.1766Began building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
21.11.1767Completed building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5984.16.4dBWAS-1714
21.11.1767Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
14.4.1768Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1227.10.2dBWAS-1714
30.4.1768Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
17.3.1769Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1770Off the Isle of ArranBWAS-1714
18.6.1771Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.12.1774Sailed from New York bound for BostonNDARI
19.12.1774Arrived in BostonNDARI
2.7.1776Staten Island Landings
10.1779Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
10.1779Renamed ExplosionBWAS-1714
10.1779great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
3.1782Recommissioned as tender to Lennox (74) BWAS-1714
12.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1782Began fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
6.1783Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Unknown
6.1783Renamed SwanBWAS-1714
9.1783Completed fitting at a cost of £8584.18.10dBWAS-1714
6.11.1783Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
7.1789Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1790Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1790Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6301.0.0dBWAS-1714
8.1790Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1076.0.0dBWAS-1714
25.9.1791Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
8.3.1794Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1.2.1795Took the Privateer La Société
1796In the North SeaBWAS-1714
12.8.1797Took the Sloop Goede Verwagting (8) at 9 P. M. the Fly bearing S.W. 6 leagues.BG
1798Sailed to the West Indies and backBWAS-1714
6.11.1798Sailed for HalifaxBWAS-1714
3.1801Laid up at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1.9.1814Sold at Portsmouth for £800BWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1.1.1775-1.1.1775North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775Samuel Graves (1713-1787) 

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