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It was recorded in our family history by a R.N.Lt that a John Chandler (who had prepared charts of the North Sea) died when in 179? the sloop of War "Hand" foundered in the North Sea with all hands. I have been trying to find records of the ship and the circumstances of the wreck to precisely date it, but without success. I understand sloops were "unrated", but is there any way I can source this information?

Update Hind is probably too early to fit in. There was a Hound at the end of the century. In the absence of any confirmation about the sloop Hand, I will consider Hound.

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    @CMH Brady - Someone along the way has their terminology confused, there's no such thing as a "sloop of the line". As noted, sloops were unrated warships and were far from capable of standing in the line of battle. However, the term "sloop of war" covered a range of small vessels (i.e. not just sloops) in naval service. Do you know if this was a RN vessel? – Steve Bird Apr 5 '15 at 18:04
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    The Royal Navy's rating system starts from 20 guns or more; sloops have 18 or less, and were thus unrated. You can source this from numerous contemporary records, for instance Derrick's Memoirs. – Semaphore Apr 5 '15 at 18:29
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    Ships lost in the North Sea were not an uncommon event at the time, but I cannot find any reference to any ship called "Hand". Are you sure you have the name right? – Semaphore Apr 5 '15 at 18:41
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    HMS Hind (1744) was a 14-gun sloop launched in 1744 that foundered in 1747: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hind – Pieter Geerkens Apr 6 '15 at 0:08
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    There is also the HMS Hound that fits your timeframe (foundered off the Shetlands in 1800, but doesn't seem like a post for a chart maker. Are you solid on the year? If this is the same John Chandler (from Orford, Suffolk) who authored The new seaman's guide and coaster's companion...? If so, his publisher didn't start referring to him as "late of Orford" until some time after 1801 (the first reference to his being deceased I found was in 1809). – Comintern Apr 6 '15 at 1:48

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