Nominal Guns8BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned15.11.1756BWAS-1714
Ship TypeFireship BWAS-1714


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 


17.11.1756Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

3 Commanding Officers

15.11.1756 - 17.2.1758CommanderCharles Antrobus (1725-1769) ADM 6/18/325BWAS-171423.2.1758 - 17.10.1758CommanderJoseph Deane (c.1731-1779) ADM 6/18/489BWAS-171418.10.1758 - 23.2.1763CommanderJames Chads (c.1724-1781) ADM 6/18/549BWAS-1714

Service History

11.1756Refitted as a 14 gun Unrated Unknown
11.11.1756Began fitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
17.11.1756Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £1607.15.0dBWAS-1714
6.4.1757Completed fitting at Deptford - London BWAS-1714
6.4.1757Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
10.5.1757Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1760.13.8dBWAS-1714
5.1758Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Fireship
10.1758fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £354.4.2dBWAS-1714
16.2.1759Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
29.3.1761Expedition against Belle-Isle
23.2.1763Paid offADM 51
3.5.1763Sold at Deptford for £1,900BWAS-1714


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 18th of February 2020 17:41

From project 7 years War: sloop of war King of Portugal purchased and renamed Vesuvius Nov 1756

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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