Nominal Guns16B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1793BWAS-1793
First Commissioned6.1794B028
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardKing and Queen Dock - Rotherhithe B028
Ship ClassPylades ClassB028
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorPeter Everitt Mestaer (d.1819)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop B028
Sailing RigShip RiggedB028


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck105' 1"Imperial Feet32.0091 
Length of Keel86' 8"Imperial Feet26.2467 
Breadth28' 2 ½"Imperial Feet8.5471 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Draught Forward7' 6"Imperial Feet2.286 
Draught Aft11' 6"Imperial Feet3.5052 
Burthen366 7794Tons BM 


4.1794Broadside Weight = 49 Imperial Pound ( 22.2216 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck16 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1805121Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

9.6.1794 - 26.11.1794CommanderThomas Twysden (d.1801) ADM 6/25/49BWAS-17933.1797 - 11.1799CommanderAdam Mackenzie (d.1823)BWAS-179311.1799 - 1801CommanderAlexander Saunderson Burrowes (d.1806)BWAS-17938.1802 - 1805CommanderAlexander Saunderson Burrowes (d.1806)BWAS-17939.1805 - 22.1.1806CommanderBrian HodgsonBWAS-179325.1.1806 - 12.1808CommanderGeorge Miller Bligh (1780-1834)BWAS-179327.12.1808 - 1809CommanderWilliam Henry WhorwoodBWAS-17931809 - 6.1812CommanderGeorge FergusonBWAS-17936.1812 - 4.1814CommanderJames WemyssBWAS-17934.1814 - 13.6.1815CommanderJohn Charles Gawen RobertsBWAS-179313.6.1815 - 11.1815CommanderEdward Stone CotgraveBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

11.1806 - 1811LieutenantAlexander Barclay Branch (1784-?)NBD184925.6.1811 - 2.1812LieutenantThomas BlakeNBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

27.4.1797 - 29.1.1798CarpenterThomas TaylorADM29-1

3 Petty Officers

12.1801 - 1803MidshipmanMartin Bennett (1789-?)NBD18497.1807 - 12.1808MidshipmanEdward Blanckley (d.1845)NBD184910.1811 - 12.1813Master's MateRobert ButcherNBD1849

Service History

4.1794Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
16.8.1794Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
26.11.1794Wrecked in Haroldswick Bay, ShetlandBWAS-1793
1796Salvaged, sold at Leith to be rebuilt and then re-sold to the Royal NavyBWAS-1793
11.8.1799Retaking of the Crash
11.8.1799Took the Brig Crash (6) by boats
1.11.1802Sailed for West AfricaBWAS-1793
5.1805Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
11.1805Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
1806Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
3.5.1808Took the Privateer Le Grand Napoléon (4) in the Mediterranean
14.12.1809Took the Xebec L'Aigle (14)
8.3.1812Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
5.10.1813Attack off Anzio
23.11.1815Sold at Deptford for £950BWAS-1793


B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 6th of July 2019 04:09

1 Nov 1803 the jolly boat of the Pylades16 sloop Commander Alexander Saunderson Burrowes upset at Spithead, by which unfortunate occurrence Mr Higgins, midshipman of that ship and a seaman were drowned two men and the Boatswain were picked up by the boats from the Courageux.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 21st of May 2019 17:53

Circa 25 Dec 1799 Sheerness, a Court Martial was held at Sheerness, on board the Seahorse upon Garret Andrew Fauch, a Seaman belonging to the Pylades. Being found guilty of the charge of having, in the absence of the best men of the company, who were employed against the enemy on shore, of exciting some Dutch prisoners on board to rise and take possession of the ship, then lying in Sheermonikoog, he was sentenced to Death. The trial continued three hours. The prisoner is a Dutchman, and has been five years in our service.
Circa 1 Nov 1800 Mr. M. White, of the Topaze, is made a Lieutenant, and appointed to the sloop Pylades.

Posted by Cy on Wednesday 8th of May 2019 14:57

Probably Edmund Tattersall, lieutenant of 1806. That's all I know though.

Posted by Makis on Wednesday 8th of May 2019 12:46

In the summer of 1809 there was also Lieutenant Tatersall.
That is according to C's log.
Anybody knows anything about him?

Posted by Makis on Sunday 16th of September 2018 16:12

Pylades (Captain Ferguson)
5-8 March 1810
Carried Lord Byron and John Cam Hobhouse from Athens to Smyrna.
Check Hobhouse's Diary on Peter Cochran's Blog

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