Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Ship TypeFireship


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck91' 6"Imperial Feet27.8892
Length of Keel72' 3 ¼"Imperial Feet21.952
Breadth27' 10 ½"Imperial Feet8.2423
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576
Burthen298 6594Tons BM


1756/11/17Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg) BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12British 1/2-Pound Swivel


1756/11/151758/04CommanderCharles AntrobusBWAS-1714
1758/041758/10/18CommanderJoseph DeaneBWAS-1714
1758/10/181762CommanderJames ChadsBWAS-1714

Service History

DateEvent Source
1756/11Re-classed as a 14 gun Unrated Sloop-of-War  
1756/11/11Began fitting at Deptford BWAS-1714
1756/11/17Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £1607.15.0dBWAS-1714
1757/04/06Completed fitting at Deptford BWAS-1714
1757/04/06Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1757/05/10Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £1760.13.8dBWAS-1714
1758/05Re-classed as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship  
1758/10fitting at Sheerness Dockyard at a cost of £354.4.2dBWAS-1714
1759/02/16Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1761/06/04Expedition against Belle-Isle 
1763/05/03Sold at Deptford for £1,900BWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Robert Boon on Sunday 5th of March 2017 14:33

On Saturday last was brought into Yarmouth Roads by Capt. Antrobus, Commander of his Majesty's Ship Vesuvius, a Smuggling Cutter, called the Little Emperor, of Flushing, William Darby, Master. She was taken off Cromer, with nearly £100 Cash on Board, having disposed of her Cargo of Brandy and Tea before the Vesuvius came up with her.

The London Chronicle, Saturday, July 30, 1757

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