Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1745BWAS-1714
First Commissioned10.1.1745/46BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardShoreham - Sussex BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMerlin ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Jacob Ackworth (c.1668-1748/49)BWAS-1714
Constructor Stone & BarlettBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1714
Sailing RigSnowBWAS-1714


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 


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

10.1.1745/46 - 7.5.1748Commander Henry Barnsley (c.1715-1757) ADM 6/17/42BWAS-17147.5.1748 - 18.8.1748Commander Francis Wyatt (d.1777) ADM 3/17/351BWAS-171417.1.1748/49 - 21.5.1753Commander Joseph Veale (bef.1718-bef.1783) ADM 6/17/431BWAS-171416.1.1755 - 18.2.1755Commander Alexander Innes (c.1713-1786) Transfered ADM 6/18/121ADM 6/1818.2.1755 - 24.9.1756Commander David Edwards (c.1718-1781) ADM 6/18/138BWAS-171424.9.1756 - 7.10.1756Commander James Holburne (d.1756)† Discharged Dead ADM 6/18/311BWAS-171421.10.1756 - 1.1.1762Commander John Hodges (d.1772) ADM 6/18/317BWAS-17141.1.1762 - 6.11.1762CommanderThe Hon. Peregrine Bertie (1740/41-1790) ADM 6/19/375BWAS-17146.11.1762 - 20.3.1763Commander Henry Bellew (c.1729-1791) ADM 6/19/449BWAS-171412.4.1763 - 30.4.1764Commander Michael Henry Pascal (d.1786) ADM 6/19/481BWAS-17141.8.1765 - 3.8.1768Commander James Worth (c.1722-?) ADM 6/20/85ADM 6/203.8.1768 - 10.8.1771Commander Thomas Allwright (c.1722-1803) ADM 6/20/210BWAS-171410.8.1771 - 8.1773Commander James Robertson (c.1730-c.1815) ADM 6/20/394BWAS-1714

4 Commissioned Officers

8.1.1745/46 - 5.2.1745/46Lieutenant Thomas Oakley (d.1769) ADM 6/17/40ADM 6/1717.4.1746 - 18.12.1747Lieutenant William Hayman (c.1722-c.1752) ADM 6/17/92ADM 6/1718.12.1747 - 18.8.1748Lieutenant Richard Pike (c.1721-1751) ADM 6/17/298ADM 6/175.8.1755 - 24.9.1755Lieutenant James Puddicombe (c.1719-?) ADM 6/18/186ADM 6/18

1 Warrant Officer

23.5.1769 - 4.6.1770Master Silas Hiscutt (c.1730-c.1811) Transfered ADM 346/6/40ADM 346

Service History

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)
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

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

25.5.1746Took the Privateer Le Vainqueur (8) and carried into the DownsBG
3.6.1746Took the Privateer L'Ambition
1748Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop BWAS-1714
7.5.1748Took the Privateer Le Frère Ainé
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

Paid off at Plymouth Dockyard

ADM 6/18
1755Off BrestBWAS-1714
11.7.1755Took the Privateer Le Zéphyr
1756In the DownsBWAS-1714
7.10.1756Dispatch vs Unknown Privateer
27.12.1756Took the Privateer Le Bigot
11.12.1757Took the Privateer Le Frère Pierre
13.1.1758Took the Privateer Le Vénérable
7.2.1758Took the Privateer Le Dieppois
1.3.1760Took the Privateer Le Nanon
1761Shetland FisheriesBWAS-1714
28.7.1762Took the Privateer Le Duc de Broglie (14)
17.11.1762Took the Privateer Le Hersin

Paid off

30.4.1764Paid offADM 51
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
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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