Badger (14)

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Origin and History

The sloop of war was built by Moody Janverin at Bursledon and launched on May 5 1745.

In 1755, the sloop of war served at Antigua in the West Indies.

During the Seven Years' War, the sloop of war was under the command of:

  • from 1755: commander John Hale
  • from the end of 1756: commander Robert Boyle Walsingham
  • from June 15 1757 to March 3 1758: commander Thomas Taylor
  • from 1759: commander Basil Keith
  • from 1762: commander Samuel Scott

The sloop of war was wrecked on September 24 1762.

Service during the War

In the summer and autumn of 1759, the frigate was part of commodore William Boys' squadron blockading the French squadron of Thurot at Dunkerque. In October, Boys' squadron was driven from his station by a gale. On October 15 at 5:00 PM, Thurot seized the opportunity, slipped out through a thick fog and made to the northward. Boys followed as soon as possible but was not able to overtake Thurot. Ultimately, Boys contented himself with cruising off the coast of Scotland with the object of preventing any sudden raid there.

In 1762, the sloop of war assumed anti-smuggling duties in the Downs.

To do: more details on the campaign from 1760 to 1762

Characteristics

Technical specifications
Guns 14
Gundeck n/a
Quarterdeck n/a
Forecastle n/a
Crew n/a
Length at gundeck n/a
Width n/a
Depth n/a
Displacement n/a

References

Blasco, Manuel, British Unrated 1714-1792, 3 Decks Wiki

Phillips, M., Michael Phillip's Ships of the Old Navy

N.B.: the section Service during the War is derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.