Grant (1798 ship)

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Great Britain
Name: Grant
  • 1799:Ruckers & Co.[1]
  • 1800:G.Faith & Co.[2]
  • 1802:Faith & Co.[1]
Builder: Whitby
Launched: 1798,[2][3] or 1799[4][1]
Fate: Not heard from after 1820
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 386,.[2][3] or 394,[4] or 396, or 497[1] (bm)
Armament: 4 × 6-pounder guns,[4] or 6 × 6-pounder guns[2]

Grant was launched at Whitby in 1798, or possibly 1799. She made one voyage for the British East India Company (EIC) between 1800 and 1802. Thereafter she sailed as a West Indiaman or a London-based transport. She was last heard from in 1820; Spanish authorities may have seized her off Peru.


Grant first appears in Lloyd's Register in 1800 with Peacock, master, Rucker & Co. owner, and trade London–St Vincent.[4] The Register of Shipping for 1800 has Peacock as master, but G. Faith owner, and trade Whitby–Shields, changing to London–St Vincent.[2]

Messrs. Princip and Saunders tendered her to the EIC to bring back rice from Bengal. She was one of 28 vessels that sailed between November 1800 and February 1801.[5] On 28 November Grant, Captain Peacock, sailed from England, bound for Bengal.[1] She was off the English coast on 16 December. She arrived at Calcutta on 30 April 1801.[6]

Homeward bound, she left Bengal on 25 July and by 18 January 1802 was off Dungeness.[6] She returned to her moorings on 24 January.[1]

The voyage to India appears in Lloyd's Register for 1801, but not in the Register of Shipping for 1801. One source states that Grant was used extensively as a convict transport.[1] If so, it is not clear where she transported the convicts from or too as she does not appear in the listings of vessels that transported convicts to Australia.

In May 1816 Grant, Moffat, master, was reported to have been at 15°30′N 27°30′W / 15.500°N 27.500°W / 15.500; -27.500, 54 days into a voyage from London to Batavia.[7] On 18 February 1817, Lloyd's List reported that HMS Orontes, just arrived at Portsmouth, had spoken with Grant at 1°32′N 17°15′W / 1.533°N 17.250°W / 1.533; -17.250, out 110 days on her voyage from Madras to England.[8]

Year Master Owner Trade Source
1802 J.Peacock G. Faith London–St Vincent
Register of Shipping (RS)
1802 Peacock Ruckers
Faith & Co.
Lloyd's Register (LR)
1805 W. Wright G. Faith London transport RS
1805 Wright
Faith & Co. Cork LR
1810 J. Smith G. Faith or Faith & Co. London–Suriname RS & LR
1815 Moffat G. Faith or Faith & Co. London transport RS & LR
1821 Hogarth G. Faith London–Cadiz RS
1821 Moffat
Faith & Co. London LR


Grant's fate is obscure as there are reports that are inconsistent.

One report, in Lloyd's List for March 1821, held that Grant had sailed from Cadiz in June 1820 and that Spanish authorities had seized her off the coast of Peru.[9] On 14 August 1821 Lloyd's list reported that Grant had departed from Gibraltar for San Blas on 30 July 1820, and that there was no further trace of her. The report mentioned that there had been no confirmation of the prior report.[10] Lastly, a letter from Lima dated 17 April 1820 reported that Grant, of London, had been off Pisco, Peru, five months earlier, i.e., in November 1820.[11]

Grant was last listed in the Register of Shipping in 1821. She was last listed in Lloyd's Register in 1825, but with information unchanged since 1821.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hackman (2001), p. 233.
  2. ^ a b c d e Register of Shipping (1800), Seq.№G192.
  3. ^ a b Weatherill (1908), p. 99.
  4. ^ a b c d Lloyd's Register (1800), Seq.№G264.
  5. ^ Hardy (1800), p. 217.
  6. ^ a b British Library: Grant.
  7. ^ Lloyd's List №5072.
  8. ^ Lloyd's List №5153.
  9. ^ Lloyd's List №5577.
  10. ^ "The Marine List". Lloyd's List (5618). 14 August 1821.
  11. ^ Lloyd's List №5624.


  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7.
  • Hardy, Charles (1800) A Register of Ships, Employed in the Service of the Hon. the United East India Company, from the Union of the Two Companies, in 1707, to the Year 1760: Specifying the Number of Voyages, Tonnage, Commanders, and Stations. To which is Added, from the Latter Period to the Present Time, the Managing Owners, Principal Officers, Surgeons, and Pursers; with the Dates of Their Sailing and Arrival: Also, an Appendix, Containing Many Particulars, Interesting to Those Concerned in the East India Commerce. (Charles Hardy)
  • Weatherill, Richard (1908) The ancient port of Whitby and its shipping. (Whitby: Horne and Son)