Nominal Guns10BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1714
ShipyardFolkstone - Kent BWAS-1714
ConstructorPhilemon JacobsBWAS-1714
Ship TypeCutter BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Keel57' 4"Imperial Feet17.3881 
Breadth27' 4"Imperial Feet8.2441 
Burthen168 7294Tons BM 


7.1781Broadside Weight = 23 Imperial Pound ( 10.4308 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

1783Broadside Weight = 93 Imperial Pound ( 42.1758 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

9.9.1790Broadside Weight = 96 Imperial Pound ( 43.5363 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 3-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.178155 BWAS-1714

7 Commanding Officers

7.1781 - 10.1786LieutenantGabriel Bray (d.1824)BWAS-17146.1787 - 1790LieutenantJames RogersBWAS-17141791 - 1795LieutenantJohn SmithBWAS-17141795 - 1801LieutenantJames LloydBWAS-17144.1802 - 1804LieutenantJeremiah Coghlan (1775-1844)BWAS-17141804 - 1805LieutenantJames Mein (d.1809)BWAS-17141805 - 8.1806LieutenantThomas Delafons (d.1847)BWAS-1714

Service History

7.1781Commissioned for the DownsBWAS-1714
6.7.1781Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
27.8.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1276.13.4dBWAS-1714
5.1783Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
1786Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
10.1786Paid offBWAS-1714
1787Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
10.1792Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
22.6.1793Took the Privateer La Petite Victoire (6)
6.3.1797Sailed from Dartmouth with a convoy for the DownsBG
7.3.1797Took the Cutter Le Bonheur (2) off St Alban's Head
7.3.1797Took the Cutter L'Impromptu off St Alban's Head
8.1.1798Retook the FavoriteBG
10.1.1799A boat from the Nimble pursued a French privateer off Dartmouth.BG
23.2.1801Took the Privateer Le Buonaparte (14) in the Channel
10.1804Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
1.1805Refitted as a 10 gun Unrated Brig
1.1805Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
8.1806Paid off into OrdinaryBWAS-1714
1808Ran aground near Stangate CreekBWAS-1714
9.4.1808Ordered to be soldBWAS-1714

Notes on Ship

Copy of a Letter from Lieutenant Henry FestingBG

Copy of a Letter from Lieutenant Henry Festing, commanding His Majesty's Cutter the Nimble, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated Yarmouth Road, Isle of Wight, March 8,1797.

Be pleased to inform my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that I sailed from Dartmouth the 6th Instant with a Convoy for the Downes. Yesterday morning, about Seven O'Clock, off St. Aldan's Head, I captured a French Privateer Cutter, called L'Impromptu, Citizen l'Eccuyer, Commander, with Four Swivels, Plenty of Small
Arms., Cutlasses etc and Thirty-one Men; sailed from Cherbourg the preceding Night, but had taken nothing. She has the Ann of Dartmouth on her Stern her original Name, and was taken away from Brixham about six Weeks ago by some French Prisoners

Discovering another suspicious Cutter in Chace of a Sloop, I immediately hauled after her, and made the Signal for my Convoy (as the Weather seemed variable, and little Wind to the Southward) to run in through the Needles. About Four PM I carne up with the Chace; She
is named Le Bonheur, Citizen Burnel, Commander, with Two Three-Pounders; Two Swivels, Small Arms, Cutlasses and Twenty-four Men. The Cutlasses in both Vessels were ground as sharp as Razors. She has the Mary of Dartmouth on her Stern, but French built, sailed in Company with the other, and had taken nothing. I immediately took her in tow, and shall proceed to Spithead to get rid of the Prisoners


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