Minerva -> 1781 Recovery

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Minerve' (1778) (32)
First Commissioned5.1781BWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey NNF-1774
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck124' 4"Imperial Feet37.7994 
Length of Keel102' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet31.096 
Breadth34' 11 ½"Imperial Feet10.3759 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward8' 10"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Aft12' 1"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Burthen664 2494Tons BM 


4.1.1781Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.3.1756210Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders

5.5.1781 - 11.1.1782CaptainLord John Augustus Hervey (1757-1796) ADM 6/22/282BWAS-171411.1.1782 - 30.7.1782Captain George Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818) ADM 6/22/397ref:616

Service History

1.1781Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
20.4.1781Renamed RecoveryBWAS-1714
8.1781Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £7784.15.10dBWAS-1714
10.1781Took the Brig Wexford (20)
3.1783Surveyed at DeptfordBWAS-1714
30.12.1784Sold at Deptford for £550BWAS-1714


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