HMS Chub (1807)

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Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Chub
Ordered: 11 December 1805
Builder: Goodrich & Co. (prime contractor), Bermuda
Laid down: 1806
Launched: May 1807
Honours and
Naval General Service Medal with clasp "MARTINIQUE"
Fate: Wrecked 14 August 1812
General characteristics
Type: Ballahoo-class schooner
Tonnage: 70 41/94 bm
Length: 55 ft 2 in (16.81 m) (overall)
40 ft 10.5 in (12.5 m) (keel)
Beam: 18 ft 0 in (5.49 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
Propulsion: Sails
Sail plan: Schooner
Complement: 20
Armament: 4 x 12-pounder carronades

HMS Chub (1807) (or Chubb) was a Royal Navy Ballahoo-class schooner of 4 12-pounder carronades and a crew of 20. The prime contractor for the vessel was Goodrich & Co., in Bermuda, and she was launched in 1807.[1]


Chub was commissioned in March 1807 under Lieut. Wentworth Croke. In February 1809 Chubb participated in the reduction of Martinique. In 1847 her still surviving crew members could apply for the Naval General Service Medal with clasp "MARTINIQUE".

Lieut. William Innes replaced Croke in June 1809, and was in turn replaced by Lieut. Samuel Nisbett in 1812.[1]

Chub captured several vessels in 1812 while on the Halifax station. On 18 July she captured the privateer Eliza and on 6 August the merchantman Grace.[2]


Chub was driven ashore and lost with all hands on 14 August on the "Sisters" (Black Rocks) within two miles of the Sambro Island Light near Halifax, Nova Scotia.[3][1] All on board perished.[4] She was stationed with the blockade of the American fleet at the time of sinking.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Winfield (2008), p.359.
  2. Baker, Harrison Scott, II (transcriber) American Prisoners of War Held at Halifax, During the War of 1812, Volume I. (Society of the War of 1812, Ohio).
  3. Gossett (1986), p. 84.
  4. Grocott (1997), p.343.
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