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Swan -> 1779 Explosion -> 1783 Swan

7000
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.1.1766BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down6.1766BWAS-1714
Launched21.11.1767BWAS-1714
First Commissioned23.2.1768BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class (1766)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Israel PownollBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1741-1779
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Sold1.9.1814BWAS-1714

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
23.2.1768 - 10.1.1771Commander
Thomas WilkinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1776
ADM 6/20/196
BWAS-1714
10.1.1771 - 1.10.1778Commander
James AyscoughBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1778
ADM 6/20/334
BWAS-1714
17.2.1778 - 1.10.1778Commander
Thomas TottyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1783
ADM 6/22/138
Issued by
Lord Richard Howe (4th Viscount Howe)British
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1736-1799
, North America
Confirmed 30.5.1780
ADM 6/22
1.10.1778 - 12.2.1781Commander
William YeoBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1783
Transfered ADM 6/22/31
Issued by
James GambierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1800
, North America
Confirmed 30.9.1779
BWAS-1714
19.6.1783 - 14.7.1784Commander
Edward Seymour BaileyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1809
ADM 6/23/87
BWAS-1714
14.7.1784 - 1785Commander
Lauchlan HunterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1808
ADM 6/23/231
BWAS-1714
21.5.1790 - 4.8.1790Commander
Richard WillisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1808
ADM 6/24/32
BWAS-1714
4.8.1790 - 5.8.1790Commander
William McGuireBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1840
ADM 6/24/58
ADM 6/24
5.8.1790 - 22.11.1790Commander
Henry WarreBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1810
ADM 6/24/58
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 9.5.1793Commander
John ElphinstoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1795
Transfered ADM 6/24/88
ADM 6/24
25.5.1793 - 28.10.1793Commander
George BurdonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1814
ADM 6/24/242
BWAS-1714
28.10.1793 - 1793Commander
Love ConstableBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1793
ADM 6/24/278
ADM 6/24
21.2.1794 - 2.1795Commander
Hugh PigotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1795
ADM 6/25/14
BWAS-1714
2.1795 - 1.1797Commander
Thomas PearseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1797
BWAS-1714
1.1797 - 8.1797Commander
William StapBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1797
BWAS-1714
8.1797 - 12.1800Commander
Henry CarewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1804
BWAS-1714
12.1800 - 2.1801Commander
George MundyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1830
BWAS-1714
10.2.1801 - 3.1801Commander
Samuel PymBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1815
BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
29.7.1790 - 19.12.1790Lieutenant
Charles RandleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1810
ADM 6/24/56
ADM 6/24
20.12.1790 - 1790Lieutenant
Joseph SpearBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1812
ADM 6/24/95
ADM 6/24
17.10.1792 - 21.12.1793Lieutenant
Thomas BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1837
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Service History


DateEventSource
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) 1758-1789
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
BWAS-1714
12.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
12.1782Began fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
6.1783RecommissionedBWAS-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
5.1790RecommissionedBWAS-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 1795-1795
French Privateer

1796In the North SeaBWAS-1714
12.8.1797Took the Sloop
Goede Verwagting (8) 1797-1797
Dutch 8 Gun
Privateer Sloop
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


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1.1.1775-1.1.1775North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775
Samuel GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1783
 
 

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