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Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Sixth Rate ship 'La Licorne' (1780) (20)
ShipyardCuckolds Point - Rotherhithe NNF-1774
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShip BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up8.1787BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Length of Keel89' 4"Imperial Feet27.1385 
Breadth30' 2 ½"Imperial Feet9.1567 
Depth in Hold9' 10"Imperial Feet2.7432 
Burthen433 5894Tons BM 


20.4.1781Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1773140Design Complement

4 Commanding Officers

18.6.1781 - 16.8.1783CaptainBenjamin Archer (d.1795) ADM 6/22/527
Issued by Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811), Jamaica - Greater Antilles
Commission confirmed 15.10.1782
15.8.1783 - 16.8.1783CaptainJohn Schank ADM 6/23/116ADM 6/2316.8.1783 - 31.10.1783CaptainSt Alban Roy (c.1731-1796) ADM 6/23/115ADM 6/2331.10.1783 - 7.1786CaptainCharles Stirling (1760-1833) ADM 6/23/158BWAS-1714

Service History

9.1782Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1783Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
12.1783Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6513.16.0dBWAS-1714
2.6.1784Sailed for the Leward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
7.8.1787Ordered to be broken up and broken up at Deptford during the same monthBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive

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