Helena

19306
Nominal Guns14BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench corvette 'La Hélène' (1778) (16)
Captured23.7.1779BWAS-1714
ShipyardUnknownNNF-1774
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1714
Ship TypeSchooner BWAS-1714
Wrecked3.11.1796BWAS-1714

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck76' 1 ½"Imperial Feet23.1775 
Length of Keel56' 5 ½"Imperial Feet17.0815 
Breadth26' 9"Imperial Feet7.9629 
Depth in Hold10' 8"Imperial Feet3.2512 
Burthen214 8494Tons BM 

Armament


8.1779Broadside Weight = 45 Imperial Pound ( 20.4078 kg)BWAS-1714
Gun Deck14 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
8.177980 BWAS-1714
178370 BWAS-1714

15 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
5.8.1779 - 4.2.1780CommanderSir John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow) (1753-1822) ADM 6/22/11BWAS-17144.2.1780 - 25.3.1782CommanderFrancis Roberts ADM 6/22/84BWAS-171425.3.1782 - 15.8.1782CommanderThomas Dyson (1736-1798) ADM 6/22/434BWAS-17142.9.1782 - 25.6.1783CommanderGeorge Cadman ADM 6/22/511BWAS-17142.7.1783 - 10.11.1785CommanderGeorge Cadman ADM 6/23/90ADM 6/2328.2.1787 - 26.8.1789CommanderBenjamin Hulke (1754-1799) ADM 6/23/384BWAS-171426.8.1789 - 21.9.1790CommanderSamuel Kempthorne ADM 6/23/541ADM 6/2321.9.1790 - 1.10.1790CommanderCharles Craven ADM 6/24/69ADM 6/2412.11.1790 - 6.1.1791CommanderJohn Woodley (d.1796) ADM 6/24/86BWAS-17146.1.1791 - 17.10.1791CommanderAlexander Douglas (d.1793) ADM 6/24/100BWAS-171418.10.1791 - 18.3.1793CommanderAlexander Douglas (d.1793) ADM 6/24/141ADM 6/2418.3.1793 - 1793CommanderWilliam Charleton ADM 6/24/221ADM 6/245.1793 - 5.1795CommanderWilliam CharletonBWAS-17145.1795 - 27.8.1796CommanderJohn Talbot (1769-1851)BWAS-17149.1796 - 3.11.1796CommanderJermyn John Symonds (d.1796)BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
9.1789 - 1790LieutenantAnthony Hunt (d.1798)TNC

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1781 - 4.1782MidshipmanThomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)ODNB

Service History


DateEventSource
7.1779Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1779Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £868.7.6dBWAS-1714
9.1779Sailed to the Relief of GuernseyBWAS-1714
11.1780Began coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
12.1780Completed coppering and fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £1376.12.8dBWAS-1714
7.8.1781Action against 14 gunboats in the Gibraltar BayBWAS-1714
8.1782Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1783Recommissioned for West Bay and ExmouthBWAS-1714
11.1785Paid offBWAS-1714
1.1787Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
2.1787Recommissioned for MilfordBWAS-1714
5.1787Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £1566.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1788Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1789Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1790Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5141.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1790Recommissioned for Service in the ChannelBWAS-1714
12.12.1791Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
7.10.1796Sailed for the North SeaBWAS-1714
3.11.1796Wrecked with all hands on the Dutch CoastBWAS-1714


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
 

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