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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 Class (1793)B028
Designed by
Sir John HenslowBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1761-1795
Peter Everitt MestaerBritish
Ship Owner
Ship Builder
Service 1800-1801
Ship TypeSloopB028
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 Ship Commanders

9.6.1794 - 26.11.1794Commander
Thomas TwysdenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1801
ADM 6/25/49
3.1797 - 11.1799Commander
Adam MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1823
11.1799 - 1801Commander
Alexander Saunderson BurrowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1806
8.1802 - 1805Commander
Alexander Saunderson BurrowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1806
9.1805 - 22.1.1806Commander
Brian HodgsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1816
25.1.1806 - 12.1808Commander
George Miller BlighBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1816
27.12.1808 - 1809Commander
William Henry WhorwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1809
1809 - 6.1812Commander
George FergusonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
6.1812 - 4.1814Commander
James WemyssBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1814
4.1814 - 13.6.1815Commander
John Charles Gawen RobertsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1815
13.6.1815 - 11.1815Commander
Edward Stone CotgraveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1815

2 Commissioned Officers

11.1806 - 1811Lieutenant
Alexander Barclay BranchBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1828
25.6.1811 - 2.1812Lieutenant
Thomas BlakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1814

2 Warrant Officers

27.4.1797 - 29.1.1798Carpenter
Thomas TaylorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1802
ADM 29-1
3.8.1811 - 11.8.1812Master
William F BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1814
ADM 196/1/5
ADM 196

4 Petty Officers

12.1801 - 1803Midshipman
Martin BennettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1816
7.1807 - 12.1808Midshipman
Edward BlanckleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-1841
10.1811 - 12.1813Master's Mate
Robert ButcherBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1842
1.1813 - aft.1.1813Midshipman
Richard GoodridgeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1830

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) 1798-1799
Dutch 6 Gun
Unrated Brig
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) 1808-1808
French 4 Gun
in the Mediterranean

14.12.1809Took the Xebec
L'Aigle (14) 1809-1809
French 14 Gun
Privateer Xebec

8.3.1812Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
5.10.1813Attack off Anzio
23.11.1815Sold at Deptford for £950BWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

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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