Sylph -> 1779 Lightning

Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned25.11.1776BWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck85' 0"Imperial Feet25.908 
Length of Keel68' 2 ⅞"Imperial Feet20.7486 
Breadth27' 6 ¼"Imperial Feet8.236 
Depth in Hold11' 8 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen274 8694Tons BM 


10.1776Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

9.1779Broadside Weight = 18 Imperial Pound ( 8.1632 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck8 British 4-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.177690 BWAS-1714
9.177945as a fireshipBWAS-1714

7 Ship Commanders

25.11.1776 - 5.9.1777Commander James Richard Dacres (1749-1810) ADM 6/21/236BWAS-17145.9.1777 - 27.8.1779Commander John Ferguson (c.1731-1818) ADM 6/21/307BWAS-171427.8.1779 - 27.8.1780Commander Robert Calder (1745-1818) Transfered ADM 6/22/20BWAS-171427.8.1780 - 9.11.1781Commander George Campbell (1759-1821) ADM 6/22/164BWAS-171415.11.1781 - 28.8.1782Commander John Faithful Fortescue (d.1819) Transfered ADM 6/22/365BWAS-171420.8.1782 - 2.10.1782CommanderThe Hon. Michael de Courcy (d.1824) Transfered ADM 6/22/506BWAS-17142.10.1782 - 3.1783Commander James Hewett (d.1798) ADM 6/22/253BWAS-1714

Service History

16.9.1776Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
31.1.1777Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £2097.2.5dBWAS-1714
22.2.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
8.1777Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
10.1777Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1317.13.3dBWAS-1714
8.1779Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
25.8.1779Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
25.8.1779Renamed LightningBWAS-1714
9.1779Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1745.7.3dBWAS-1714
6.1780coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £810.14.7dBWAS-1714
3.1783Paid offBWAS-1714
1.5.1783Sold at Deptford for £940BWAS-1714

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