Tamar -> 1777 Pluto

Nominal Guns16BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down15.3.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned13.1.1758
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSaltash BWAS-1714
Ship ClassFavorite Class
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn SnookBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 4"Imperial Feet29.2777 
Length of Keel78' 9 ⅝"Imperial Feet23.7903 
Breadth27' 4"Imperial Feet8.2441 
Depth in Hold8' 3 ½"Imperial Feet2.4511 
Burthen313 1594Tons BM 


23.1.1758Broadside Weight = 51.5 Imperial Pound ( 23.3556 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1.1757125Design Complement

17 Commanding Officers

13.1.1758 - 21.11.1760CommanderJohn Hughes (c.1733-1787) ADM 6/18/470BWAS-171421.11.1760 - 25.3.1763CommanderThomas Lee (c.1729-1770) ADM 6/19/210BWAS-171425.3.1763 - 26.3.1764CommanderWilliam Forster (c.1724-1780) ADM 6/19/474BWAS-171426.3.1764 - 28.4.1765CommanderPatrick Mouat (c.1712-1790) ADM 6/20/18BWAS-171428.4.1765 - 9.9.1767CommanderJames Cumming (1738-1808) ADM 6/20/129
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), East Indies
Commission confirmed 28.7.1766
9.9.1767 - 16.10.1767CommanderHenry I'Anson (1734-1767) ADM 6/20/179ADM 10616.10.1767 - 29.6.1770CommanderAnthony Hunt (c.1734-1796) ADM 6/20/180BWAS-17143.10.1770 - 10.1.1771CommanderGeorge Farmer (c.1732-1779) ADM 6/20/297ADM 6/2010.1.1771 - 19.1.1771CommanderChristopher O'Brien (c.1724-1771) ADM 6/20/334ADM 6/2019.1.1771 - 3.1773CommanderCharles Hay (d.1773)† ADM 6/20/339BWAS-171418.3.1773 - 11.9.1773CommanderJohn Cross (c.1739-1774) ADM 6/20/514
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795), North America
Commission confirmed 9.9.1773
11.9.1773 - 15.4.1774CommanderJames Montagu (1752-1794) ADM 6/21/25
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795), North America
Commission confirmed 20.4.1774
ADM 6/21
15.4.1774 - 7.6.1776CommanderEdward Thornbrough (c.1712-1784) ADM 6/21/109
Issued by John Montagu (1719-1795)
Commission confirmed 1.8.1775
7.6.1776 - 4.2.1777CommanderChristopher Mason (d.1801) ADM 6/21/194BWAS-17141.4.1778 - 2.7.1778CommanderHenry Pemberton (c.1735-1796) ADM 6/21/385BWAS-17142.7.1778 - 26.8.1780CommanderJames Bradby (d.1809) ADM 6/21/427BWAS-171426.8.1780 - 30.11.1780CommanderThomas Geary (c.1734-1805) ADM 6/22/163BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

8.10.1778 - 15.10.1779CarpenterRichard BryantADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

1764 - 1766MidshipmanJohn Williamson (d.1798)ref:676

Service History

15.3.1757Began building at Saltash BWAS-1714
23.1.1758Completed building at Saltash at a cost of £2445.7.6dBWAS-1714
23.1.1758Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
28.5.1758Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £3305.12.9dBWAS-1714
29.4.1759Took the Privateer Le Chasseur
29.4.1759Took the Privateer Le Conquérant
5.5.1760Took the Privateer L'Hercule

Paid off

4.1763Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1763Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £0.6.3dBWAS-1714
26.5.1763Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
4.1764Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
6.1764Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £5075.5.5dBWAS-1714
9.1766Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
10.1767Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £3079.0.4dBWAS-1714
3.2.1770Paid offADM 51

Paid off

9.1770Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
11.1770Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £1851.19.7dBWAS-1714
18.6.1771Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
4.1774At South CarolinaBWAS-1714
8.1777Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
23.9.1777Renamed PlutoBWAS-1714
4.1778Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
6.1778Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £5377.7.11dBWAS-1714
27.7.17781st Battle of Ushant
5.1780coppering and fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £1303.0.2dBWAS-1714
30.11.1780Taken by Le Duc de Chartres (14) off the Scilly Isles

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1775/01/011775/01/01North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775Samuel Graves (1713-1787)

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 26th of April 2014 17:35

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 29 (1759). p. 239
Admiralty-Office, On the 30th of April, Capt. Hughes, of his majesty's frigate, Tamer, fell in with two French privateers, of Portland, both of which he took, and brought them safe into Plymouth Sound. One was Chaffeur of Dunkirk of 6 carriage guns, 4 of which she had thrown over board, and 40 men; the other, the Conqurant from Chorburg mounting 6 carriage and ten swivels, with 29 men.

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