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Unicorn

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Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered29.4.1747BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down3.7.1747BWAS-1714
Named29.5.1747BWAS-1714
Launched7.12.1748BWAS-1714
First Commissioned21.3.1748/49BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardPlymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
Constructor
Benjamin SladeBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1733-1746
BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up9.12.1771BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck117' 10"Imperial Feet35.6616 
Length of Keel96' 5 ½"Imperial Feet29.2735 
Breadth33' 8"Imperial Feet10.1261 
Depth in Hold10' 2"Imperial Feet3.0988 
Burthen581 5094Tons BM 

Armament


3.1748/49Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder

22.9.1756Broadside Weight = 114 Imperial Pound ( 51.699 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
29.4.1747160Design Complement
22.9.1756180 BWAS-1714
11.11.1756200 BWAS-1714

9 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
21.3.1748/49 - 22.6.1752Captain
Molyneaux ShuldhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1793
ADM 6/17/450
BWAS-1714
10.1.1753 - 10.1.1756Captain
Mathew BuckleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1780
Transfered ADM 6/18/52
BWAS-1714
6.2.1756 - 24.9.1756Captain
James GalbraithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1780
Transfered ADM 6/18/232
BWAS-1714
24.9.1756 - 2.5.1757Captain
John RawlingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1757
† Discharged Dead ADM 6/18/311
BWAS-1714
18.5.1757 - 21.11.1760Captain
Thomas GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1802
ADM 6/18/400
BWAS-1714
21.11.1760 - 8.1.1761Captain
Joseph HuntBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1742
TRN3
19.5.1761 - 22.6.1763Captain
Charles FieldingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1778
ADM 6/19/316
BWAS-1714
20.6.1765 - 10.1.1771Captain
Bonovier GloverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1763
ADM 6/20/78
ADM 6/20
10.1.1771 - 15.11.1771Captain
James WallaceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1799
Transfered ADM 6/20/333
ADM 6/20

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
25.9.1753 - 22.3.1754Purser
St Alban RoyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1783
ADM 107/5/126
ADM 107/5

2 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
20.12.1752 - 8.1.1756Master's Mate
David CollinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1782
ADM 107/4/351
ADM 107/4
1.11.1755 - 3.12.1755Acting Lieutenant
Michael ClementsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1790
ADM 107/4/333
ADM 107/4

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
14.8.1758 - 1758Trumpeter
Sebastian HorsemanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1757-1758
ADM 36/4801/39
ADM 36

Service History


DateEventSource
7.12.1748building at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £9844.5.5dBWAS-1714
1.1749Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
17.7.1749Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
1750In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1751In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
22.6.1752

Paid off

BWAS-1714
10.1752Began repairs at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
1.1753RecommissionedBWAS-1714
2.1753Completed repairs at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3542.15.6dBWAS-1714
4.1753Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
30.8.1756Took the Privateer
Le Mesnil Montant (24) 1756-1756
French 24 Gun
Privateer

22.9.1756Refitted as a 28 gun Sixth Rate Frigate
2.5.1757Unicorn vs Invincible
2.5.1757Took the Privateer
L'Invincible (24) 1757-1757
French 24 Gun
Privateer
BG
10.5.1757Took the Snow
La Comtesse de Noailles (18) 1757-1757
French 18 Gun
Privateer Snow
BG
2.11.1757Unicorn vs Hermione
2.11.1757Took the Frigate
L'Hermione (28) 1749-1757
French 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate

23.11.1757Took the Demi-Batterie
L'Abénaquise (38) 1756-1757
French 38 Gun
5th Rate Demi-Batterie

21.9.1758Took the Snow
Le Duc d'Harcourt (8) 1758-1758
French 8 Gun
Privateer Snow
off the Isle of Bas
BG
14.2.1759Took the Privateer
Le Moras (22) 1757-1759
French 22 Gun
Privateer
BG
3.7.1759Bombardment of Le Havre
8.1.1761Unicorn vs Vestale
3.1761Expedition to Belle IsleBWAS-1714
7.3.1761Took the Privateer
Le Maréchal de Broglie (8) 1761-1761
French 8 Gun
Privateer
towards the Lizard
BG
29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
22.6.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
20.10.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
19.3.1770SurveyedBWAS-1714
12.11.1771SurveyedBWAS-1714
9.12.1771Break up completed at SheernessBWAS-1714

 

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cy on Saturday 25th of April 2020 21:20

Michael Clements was First Lieutenant on those dates so is certainly possible


Posted by regis on Saturday 25th of April 2020 16:06

Lieutenant Clements , acting Commander ??? from the 02/05/1757 to the 15/05/1757


Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 21st of December 2019 12:39

According to Wikapedia Lieutenant John Symons took command on the death of Captain Joseph Hunt, 8/1/1761

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