Convert -> 1778 Beaver's Prize

7491
Nominal Guns24BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyAmerican Privateer ship 'Oliver Cromwell' (1777) (24)
Captured19.5.1777BWAS-1714
First Commissioned11.1779BWAS-1714
ShipyardUnknownW027
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Wrecked11.10.1780BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck85' 9"Imperial Feet25.9537 
Length of Keel69' 0"Imperial Feet21.0312 
Breadth26' 0"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 5"Imperial Feet3.7211 
Burthen248 1094Tons BM 

Armament


8.1777Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck12 American 9-Pounder
Gun Deck6 American 6-Pounder
Gun Deck6 American 4-Pounder

5.1778Broadside Weight = 44.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.181 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck10 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1778110 W027

1 Commanding Officer


DatesRankNameSource
25.8.1777 - 11.10.1780CommanderJohn Auriol Drummond (d.1780)† ADM 6/21/345
Issued by James Young (1717-1789), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Commission confirmed 13.12.1777
ADM 6/21

Service History


DateEventSource
28.8.1777Established as a 24-gun Sixth RateBWAS-1714
10.1.1778Refitted as a 12 gun Unrated Sloop
10.1.1778Renamed Beaver's PrizeBWAS-1714
18.1.1778Arrived at SheernessBWAS-1714
3.1778Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
13.5.1778Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop
6.1778Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £3525.7.9dBWAS-1714
2.12.1778Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Sloop
11.1779Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
1.1780Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2263.16.5dBWAS-1714
11.10.1780Wrecked in a hurricane off St Lucia, only 17 survivorsBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
W027American War of Independence at SeaKen KellowWeb Site
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
 

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