Ceylon

14687
Nominal Guns26EICS
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorEast India Company
Launched5.2.1803EICS
How acquiredPurpose builtEICS
ShipyardNorthfleet Dockyard - Northfleet EICS
ConstructorThomas Pitcher (1745-1837)EICS
CategoryMerchantEICS
Ship TypeEast Indiaman EICS
Sailing RigShip RiggedEICS
Captured3.7.1810EICS
BecomesFrench prison ship 'Ceylon' (1810)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW1812P
Burthen843Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentIORMAR
Length of Gundeck148' 8 ½"Imperial Feet45.1231 
Length of Keel116' 0"Imperial Feet35.3568 
Breadth36' 5"Imperial Feet10.994 
Depth in Hold14' 9"Imperial Feet4.3244 
Burthen818Tons BM 

Armament


6.1803Broadside Weight = 234 Imperial Pound ( 106.119 kg)W1812P
Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder

1.1810Broadside Weight = 234 Imperial Pound ( 106.119 kg)W1812P
Gun Deck6 British 18-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck20 British 18-Pounder

Owners


DatesOwnerSource
1803/02/05 - 1809John St Barbe (1741-1816)IORMAR

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.180390 W1812P

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1803 - 17.3.1804Captain (HEIC)Thomas Hudson (d.1804)W1812P12.2.1803 - 23.5.1809Captain (HEIC)Thomas HudsonIORMAR19.12.1809 - 3.7.1810Captain (HEIC)Henry MeritonIORMAR

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
8.1.1807 - 23.5.1809Chief MateWilliam H. HarrisIORMAR

Service History


DateEventSource
27.6.1803Issued with a Letter-of-MarqueW1812P
3.1804Left St Helena
27.1.1810Issued with a Letter-of-MarqueW1812P
3.7.1810Action of 1810-07-03


Notes on Ship


EIC JournalIORMAR

Built by Pitcher, launched 1803, 3 decks, 4in bottom, length 148ft 8½in, keel 116ft, breadth 36ft 5in, hold 14ft 9in, wing transom 23ft 5½in, port cell 26ft 7in, waist 1ft 6in, between decks 6ft 2in & 6ft 4in, roundhouse 6ft 3in, ports 12 middle & 11 upper, deck range 81ft 6in, 818 tons.

Principal Managing Owners:

1-3 John St Barbe

4 Kennard Smith.

Voyages:

(1) 1802/3 Bombay, Bengal and Madras. Capt Thomas Hudson. Downs 27 Apr 1803 - 24 Aug Bombay - 27 Sep Tellicherry - 5 Oct Anjengo - 18 Nov Diamond Harbour - 24 Dec Saugor - 27 Jan 1804 Vizagapatam - 21 Feb Madras - 28 Jun St Helena - 15 Oct Northfleet.

(2) 1804/5 Madras, Bengal and Bombay. Capt Thomas Hudson. Portsmouth 8 Mar 1805 - 17 Jul Madras - 10 Aug Diamond Harbour - 7 Nov Portsmouth 8 Mar 1805 - 17 Jul Madras - 10 Aug Diamond Harbour - 7 Nov Saugor - 20 Dec Colombo - 19 Jan 1806 Bombay - 3 Mar Tellicherry - 5 Mar Quilon - 9 Mar Anjengo - 14 May St Helena - 22 Jul Long Reach.

(3) 1806/7 Madras, Bengal and Penang. Capt Thomas Hudson. Portsmouth 4 Mar 1807 - 9 Sep Madras - 3 Oct Diamond Harbour - 22 Nov Saugor - 15 Dec Penang - 8 Feb 1808 Saugor - 30 Mar Kidderpore - 11 May Saugor - 25 Jul Madras - 19 Jan 1809 Cape - 7 Mar St Helena - 19 May Downs.

(4) 1809/10 Madras and Bengal. Capt Henry Meriton/John Stewart (from Mauritius). Portsmouth 14 Mar 1810 - Cape 13 Jun - captured by the French, retaken at Mauritius - Port Louis 4 Apr 1811 - 21 May St Helena - 8 Aug Downs.



Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
EICSEast India Company ShipsAndrea CordaniWeb Site
W1812PWar of 1812: PrivateersMichael DunWeb Site
IORMARIOR/L/MAR - India Office - Marine Department Records Archive
 

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