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Fly

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Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered1.8.1775BWAS-1714
Keel Laid Down1.1776BWAS-1714
Named25.8.1775BWAS-1714
Launched14.9.1776BWAS-1714
First Commissioned17.7.1776BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSwan Class (1766)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
BWAS-1714
Constructor
George WhiteBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1773-1779
BWAS-1714
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSloopBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Foundered1.1802BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck96' 7"Imperial Feet29.2904 
Length of Keel78' 11 ½"Imperial Feet23.7871 
Breadth26' 10"Imperial Feet7.9248 
Depth in Hold12' 10"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward6' 9"Imperial Feet2.0574 
Draught Aft10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Burthen302 3894Tons BM 

Armament


14.9.1776Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Forecastle4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1780Broadside Weight = 51 Imperial Pound ( 23.1288 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck8 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Forecastle4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1794Broadside Weight = 84 Imperial Pound ( 38.094 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.5.1766125Design Complement

13 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
17.7.1776 - 1.10.1779Commander
Edward GarnerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1781
ADM 6/21/200
BWAS-1714
1.10.1779 - 15.8.1781Commander
Billy DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1813
ADM 6/22/31
BWAS-1714
15.1.1781 - 15.8.1781Commander
Milham PonsonbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1809
ADM 6/22/369
Issued by
George Brydges Rodney (Baronet )British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 23.11.1781
ADM 6/22
15.8.1781 - 16.3.1782Commander
Martin WaghornBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1785
ADM 6/22/325
ADM 6/22
16.3.1782 - 12.5.1783Commander
Timothy KellyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1755-1783
ADM 6/22/425
ADM 6/22
1.12.1787Commander
George Blagden WestcottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1787
ADM 6/23/440
ADM 6/23
10.5.1790 - 3.12.1791Commander
James DrewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1791
ADM 6/24/27
BWAS-1714
25.10.1792 - 29.10.1793Commander
William BrownBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1815
ADM 6/24/179
BWAS-1714
29.10.1793 - 6.1794Commander
Thomas AffleckBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1795
ADM 6/24/278
BWAS-1714
9.6.1794 - 4.1797Commander
Richard Hussey MoubrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1821
BWAS-1714
5.1797 - 8.11.1798Commander
William CumberlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1765-1825
BWAS-1714
8.11.1798 - 15.11.1800Commander
Zachariah MudgeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1849
BWAS-1714
15.11.1800 - 1.1802Commander
Thomas DuvallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1802
BWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
22.3.1791 - 12.4.1791Lieutenant
Anselm John GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1841
ADM 6/24/111
ADM 6/24
13.4.1791 - 1791First Lieutenant
Anselm John GriffithsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1841
ADM 6/24/117
ADM 6/24
13.4.1791 - 1791Second Lieutenant
William GreenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1807
ADM 6/24/117
ADM 6/24

Service History


DateEventSource
1.1776Began building at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
14.9.1776Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
14.9.1776Completed building at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £8694.8.4dBWAS-1714
19.10.1776Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
4.12.1776Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1778Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1778Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £1998.11.0dBWAS-1714
1779In the North SeaBWAS-1714
25.9.1782Took the Cutter
L'Escamoteur (10) 1782-1782
French 10 Gun
Privateer Cutter
with his 2 prizes : a brig and a sloop
BG
21.5.1783

Paid off

BWAS-1714
11.1788Began small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
2.1789Completed small repair at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £3111.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.1789RecommissionedBWAS-1714
5.1790Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
6.1790Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £1589.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.6.1790Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
10.6.1791Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
3.12.1791

Paid off

BWAS-1714
10.1792RecommissionedBWAS-1714
10.1792Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
12.1792Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £2798.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.3.1794Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
22.8.1796Took the Lugger
Le Furet 1796-1796
French Privateer Lugger
off Portland
BG
6.2.1799

Arrived at Plymouth with the prize Glaneur

TNC
14.2.1799

Sailed from Portsmouth on a cruise

TNC
31.3.1799

Sailed from Portsmouth

TNC
7.1800At HalifaxBWAS-1714
24.8.1800Took the Cutter
Le Trompeur 1793-1800
French Privateer Cutter
in the Channel

1801Sailed with convoy to AfricaBWAS-1714
1.1802Lost with all hands off NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

 

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 4th of June 2022 08:18

26 Aug 1801 a Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on Mr. William Macleod, Purser of the Fly, sloop, for not supplying the said ship with necessary stores, drunkenness, and neglect of duty ; and being found guilty thereof, he was sentenced to be dismissed from HM service.


Posted by Patrick Reid on Monday 15th of February 2021 13:33

Great info.Does anyone have any ideaa whether Fly was oak or fir built?

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