Nominal Guns16B028
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1793BWAS-1793
First Commissioned6.1794
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardRotherhithe B028
Ship ClassPylades Class
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorPeter MestaerBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigShip Rigged


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)BWAS-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 BWAS-1793
16.8.1794Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard 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 Unrated Brig Crash (6) by boats
1.11.1802Sailed for West AfricaBWAS-1793
5.1805Began small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1793
11.1805Completed small repair at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1793
1806Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
3.5.1808Took the Privateer Le Grand Napoléon (4) in the Mediterranean
14.12.1809Took the Privateer 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 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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