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Despatch
Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered5.4.1745BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down5.1745BWAS-1714
Named2.1.1745/46BWAS-1714
Launched30.12.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.1.1745/46BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardShoreham - Sussex BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin Class (1743)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Jacob AckworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1690-1744
BWAS-1714
Constructor
Stone & BarlettBritish
Ship Builder
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714
Sold27.10.1773BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 0"Imperial Feet27.7368 
Length of Keel74' 9"Imperial Feet22.6124 
Breadth26' 0"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Burthen268 7494Tons BM 

Armament


5.4.1745Broadside Weight = 33.5 Imperial Pound ( 15.1926 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck10 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1748Broadside Weight = 45.5 Imperial Pound ( 20.6346 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1743110Design Complement
1748125 BWAS-1714

13 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
10.1.1745/46 - 7.5.1748Commander
Henry BarnsleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1744
ADM 6/17/42
BWAS-1714
7.5.1748 - 18.8.1748Commander
Francis WyattBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1760
ADM 3/17/351
BWAS-1714
17.1.1748/49 - 21.5.1753Commander
Joseph VealeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1753
ADM 6/17/431
BWAS-1714
16.1.1755 - 18.2.1755Commander
Alexander InnesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1786
Transfered ADM 6/18/121
ADM 6/18
18.2.1755 - 24.9.1756Commander
David EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1780
ADM 6/18/138
BWAS-1714
24.9.1756 - 7.10.1756Commander
James HolburneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1756
† Discharged Dead ADM 6/18/311
BWAS-1714
21.10.1756 - 1.1.1762Commander
John HodgesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1744-1762
ADM 6/18/317
BWAS-1714
1.1.1762 - 6.11.1762Commander
The Hon. Peregrine BertieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1789
ADM 6/19/375
BWAS-1714
6.11.1762 - 20.3.1763Commander
Henry BellewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1743-1779
ADM 6/19/449
BWAS-1714
12.4.1763 - 30.4.1764Commander
Michael Henry PascalBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1766
ADM 6/19/481
BWAS-1714
1.8.1765 - 3.8.1768Commander
James WorthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1795
ADM 6/20/85
ADM 6/20
3.8.1768 - 10.8.1771Commander
Thomas AllwrightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1772
ADM 6/20/210
BWAS-1714
10.8.1771 - 8.1773Commander
James RobertsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1749-1809
ADM 6/20/394
BWAS-1714

5 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
8.1.1745/46 - 5.2.1745/46Lieutenant
Thomas OakleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1719-1746
ADM 6/17/40
ADM 6/17
17.4.1746 - 18.12.1747Lieutenant
William HaymanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1747
ADM 6/17/92
ADM 6/17
18.12.1747 - 18.8.1748Lieutenant
Richard PikeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1750
ADM 6/17/298
ADM 6/17
16.1.1755 - 5.8.1755Lieutenant
Samuel MckinleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1736-1759
ADM 6/18/121
ADM 6/18
5.8.1755 - 24.9.1755Lieutenant
James PuddicombeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1738-1798
ADM 6/18/186
ADM 6/18

1 Warrant Officer


DatesRankNameSource
23.5.1769 - 4.6.1770Master
Silas HiscuttBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1759-1790
Transfered ADM 346/6/40
ADM 346

Service History


DateEventSource
5.1745Began building at Shoreham - Sussex BWAS-1714
30.12.1745Completed building at Shoreham - Sussex at a cost of £2043.10.0dBWAS-1714
28.2.1745/46Took the Privateer
La Comtesse de la Marck (2) 1745-1746
French 2 Gun
Privateer

29.3.1746Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
26.4.1746Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1488.8.11dBWAS-1714
11.5.1746

Retook a brigantine belonging to Guernsey, which he has also carried in with him and delivered to the owners

BG
25.5.1746Took the Privateer
Le Vainqueur (8) 1746-1746
French 8 Gun
Privateer
and carried into the Downs
BG
3.6.1746Took the Privateer
L'Ambition 1746-1746
French Privateer

1748Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated SloopBWAS-1714
7.5.1748Took the Privateer
Le Frère Ainé 1748-1748
French Privateer

18.8.1748Paid off at Deptford Dockyard ADM 106
27.4.1749The Navy Board ordered her masts to be shortenedBWAS-1714
1750East coast of ScotlandBWAS-1714
1751In the Irish SeaBWAS-1714
1752In the Irish SeaBWAS-1714
21.5.1753

Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard

ADM 6/18
17.7.1753SurveyedBWAS-1714
1755Off BrestBWAS-1714
1.1755RecommissionedBWAS-1714
11.7.1755Took the Privateer
Le Zéphyr 1755-1755
French Privateer

1756In the DownsBWAS-1714
7.10.1756Dispatch vs Unknown Privateer
27.12.1756Took the Privateer
Le Bigot 1756-1756
French Privateer

11.12.1757Took the Privateer
Le Frère Pierre 1757-1757
French Privateer

13.1.1758Took the Privateer
Le Vénérable 1758-1758
French Privateer

7.2.1758Took the Privateer
Le Dieppois 1758-1758
French Privateer

1.3.1760Took the Privateer
Le Nanon 1760-1760
French Privateer

1761Shetland FisheriesBWAS-1714
28.7.1762Took the Snow
Le Duc de Broglie (14) 1762-1762
French 14 Gun
Privateer Snow
on the coast of Scotland after a chace of 30 hours
BG
17.11.1762Took the Privateer
Le Hersin 1762-1762
French Privateer

20.3.1763

Paid off

BWAS-1714
23.3.1763SurveyedBWAS-1714
4.1763RecommissionedBWAS-1714
30.4.1764Paid offADM 51
30.8.1768SurveyedBWAS-1714
9.1768Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1768Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1855.14.8dBWAS-1714
1769RecommissionedBWAS-1714
8.1773Paid offBWAS-1714
27.10.1773Sold at Deptford for £225BWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Roger Bateman on Sunday 18th of January 2015 08:03

My knowledge of naval history is sparse but wouldn't the taking of 12 ships have been particularly unusual and have been celebrated/mentioned more in naval history ? Threedecks also has the Despatch (slightly different spelling) also of Shoreham but I would have thought this is one and the same vessel? Thank you

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