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Nominal Guns6BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ship TypeSchoonerBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Keel48' 8"Imperial Feet14.6558 
Breadth18' 8"Imperial Feet5.5118 
Depth in Hold8' 4"Imperial Feet2.54 
Burthen90 394Tons BM 


1.1764Broadside Weight = 9 Imperial Pound ( 4.0815 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck6 British 3-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.176430 BWAS-1714

6 Ship Commanders

28.12.1763 - 17.11.1764Lieutenant
Robert DugdaleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1764
19.11.1764 - 7.11.1767Lieutenant
Henry HarveyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
8.11.1767 - 16.7.1769Lieutenant
Robert CalderBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1756-1813
17.7.1769 - 15.8.1775Lieutenant
Henry ColinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1761-1791
15.8.1775 - 12.6.1776Lieutenant
Joseph NunnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1753-1809
13.7.1776 - 30.5.1777Lieutenant
William LeyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1777

Service History

1.1764Purchased in North AmericaBWAS-1714
7.1769Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1769Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.9.1769Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
30.5.1777Paid offADM 51
23.9.1777Sold at QuebecBWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1.1.1775-1.1.1775North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775
Samuel GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1783

Notes on Ship

AssignmentADM 346

HM Schooner Magdalen: assigned 'Lieut Henry Harvey, Commander', 'Lewis Lane; 2nd Master & Pilot' and 'Maude'; 19 November 1764 to 7 November 1767; United States, E Coast and Gulf of St Lawrence including Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island;

AssignmentADM 346

HM Schooner Magdalen: assigned 'Lieut Robert Calder', 'Lewis Lane' and 'B Robertson, Navy Office'; 8 November 1767 to 31 December 1768; United States, E Coast and Gulf of St Lawrence, including Nova Scotia

AssignmentADM 346

HM Schooner Magdalen: assigned 'Robert Calder, Commander', 'Lewis Lane; 2nd Master & Pilot' and 'B Robertson, Navy Office'; 1 January to 16 July 1769; United States, E Coast


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Posted by Mark Luketic on Sunday 19th of December 2021 03:36

To whom it may concern,
I have many questions from a historical point. I am looking for information on how the gunpowder from Virginia, confiscated by Lord Dunmore in 1775, how it got to Nassau, dates, ship names, captain’s name, names of people involved, etc…. Can you provide some assistance please??

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