HMS Vestal (1779)

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Career (Great Britain) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Vestal
Ordered: 18 March 1778
Builder: Robert & John Batson, Limehouse
Laid down: 1 May 1778
Launched: 24 December 1779
Completed: 25 February 1780 (at Deptford Dockyard)
Commissioned: November 1779
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "Egypt"[1]
Fate: Sold February 1816
General characteristics
Class & type: 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 601 3594 (bm)
Length: 120 ft 6 in (36.73 m) (overall)
99 ft 6 in (30.33 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 8 12 in (10.3 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft 0.5 in (3.366 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 200 officers and men
Armament: Upper deck: 24 ×  9-pounder guns

Quarter deck: 4 x  6-pounder guns + 4 x 18-pounder carronades Forecastle: 2 x  18-pounder carronades

12 x  swivel guns

HMS Vestal was a 28-gun Enterprise-class sixth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. Vestal was first commissioned in November 1779 under the command of Captain George Keppel.

She took part in the Action of 22 August 1795 between British and Dutch frigate squadrons off the Norwegian coast.

On 3 September 1780, she captured the Mercury which was transporting Henry Laurens, the United States' minister to Holland.[2]

Because Vestal served in the navy's Egyptian campaign (8 March to 2 September 1801), her officers and crew qualified for the clasp "Egypt" to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorized in 1850 to all surviving claimants.[Note 1]

Notes and citations[edit]

  1. ^ A first-class share of the prize money awarded in April 1823 was worth £34 2s 4d; a fifth-class share, that of an able seaman, was worth 3s 11½d. The amount was small as the total had to be shared between 79 vessels and the entire army contingent.[3]
  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21077. pp. 791–792. 15 March 1850.
  2. ^ Tuchman, Barbara. First Salute: A View of the American Revolution. Random House LLC. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 17915. p. 633. 3 April 1823.