Captain John Scaife, RN. d.1773.

Captain John Scaife, RN. 1702? – 1773.

Commissioned Lieutenant 19 December, 1747.

Commander of Sloop, HMS “Vulture”, appointed 1757.
As Commander of HMS Vulture testified in the Admiralty Court of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 29 March, 1758, in the case of the condemnation of the schooner, “Love”.
(Acts of Privy Council, Colonial Series, 1690-1811).

Captain of HMS “Chesterfeld”, a 5th Rate of 44 guns, appointed 22 February, 1759.
HMS Chesterfield lost along with 4 other vessels in convoy, without loss of life, on Cayo Comfits, Bahama Straits, 24 July, 1762.
Following the Admiralty Board of Enquiry Scaife was found derelict in his duty and received no further commission.


Is this John Scaife born 1702, Linz Green, Co. Durham, the son of Richard Scaife of Winton, who married Jane Rawe, and died Clerkenwell, 1773 ??

HMS Vulture – Hind Class – two masted sloop, of 266 tons. (1743 – 1760).
Built, in 1743, at Limehouse by the shipwright John Greaves.
Ordered 6-8-1743; Keel laid down 16-9-1743; Named 18-4-1744; Launched 4-5-1744; Commissioned 24-4-1744 at Deptford dockyard.
Length 91 ft 4ins., at a cost of £1,996 12s. ; fittings £1,864 10s 9d.
Crew of 125; Carried 14 x 6 pdr cannon and 14 x ½ pdr swivel guns.

Commissioned in April 1744 under Cmdr John Hardy; off Dunkirk in June 1744; -
with Byng’s Squadron 1745-1746 in Home Waters – 1748 transferred to the West Indies, based Jamaica under Cmdr James Butler 1749-1751. Undergoing small repairs at Woolwich and refitted there 3-4-1751.
Recommissioned January 1751/52 under Cmdr Francis Wyatt in Home Waters for fishery protection; sailed for Nova Scotia 1753 with Keppel’s Squadron; remained in North America 1753-1755 under Cmdr William Kinsey, who died 30 May 1755. On 31 May 1755 under Cmdr John Scaife at Halifax, Nova Scotia, until the vessel was paid off in February 1758. HMS Vulture and Cmdr Scaife served as part of Commodore Charles Holmes’ fleet on the North America Station from 1756-1758. Following the removal of her fittings HMS Vulture was sold to the breakers at Portsmouth on 30 January 1761 for £ 250.

HMS Vulture was one of 2 two masted sloops ordered by the Admiralty on 6 August 1743. Initially the Admiralty ordered only ‘Hind’ and ‘Vulture’, which were built to the design of Joseph Allin. HMS Vulture was built at Limehouse and the Hind at Blackwall by Philemon Perry. Eventually two more ‘Hind’ Class sloops were laid down at Deptford, built by Allin himself, HMS Jamaica and HMS Trial.

HMS Chesterfield - 5th Rate of 44 guns. (1744 – 1761)
One of the Establishment Group. The first 4 ships of this group were ordered by the Admiralty in 1741 as 40 gun ships, intended as replacements for older vessels, but from 1743 nine others were completed as 44 guns.
HMS Chesterfield was built at Rotherhithe by John Quallett. She was 127 ft in length, and weighed 719 tons.
Ordered 23-5-1744; Keel laid 2-6-1744; Named 25-10-1745. Launched 31-10-1745. Commissioned at Deptford Dockyard on 25-1-1746.Cost of £7,931 plus a fitting out cost of £5, 097 7s 4d.
Comissioned under Captain William Gordon, joined the Western Squadron 1746-1747; then off West Africa under Captain O’Brien Dudley – mutiny 10 October 1748. Paid off at Portsmouth July 1749 and small repairs.
Recommissioned in July 1755 under Captain Wiliam Lloyd, sailed to the Mediterranean and took part in Battle of Minorca 20 May, 1756; remained in the Mediterranean until 1758. Sailed for Virginia under Captain Julian Legge on 1 April, 1758. Legge was replaced by Captain John Scaife in 1759, with orders to join Rodney’s Squadron in the Leeward Isles 5 August 1759. Sailed as protection for the mast ships 19 May,1761; sailed with the Virginia convoy 4 December, 1761; wrecked in the Old Bahama Channel off Cuba 24 July, 1762 leading a convoy of 4 other vessels, all vessels lost but no loss of life.

Dr. John Scaife