Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1793BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardGrove Street Yard - Deptford - Barnards' Thames Yards BWAS-1793
Ship ClassArtois ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorWilliam Barnard (1735-1795)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up6.1812BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck146' 0"Imperial Feet44.5008 
Length of Keel121' 6"Imperial Feet36.8881 
Breadth39' 3"Imperial Feet11.8957 
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Draught Forward10' 7"Imperial Feet3.2258 
Draught Aft15' 8 ½"Imperial Feet4.5847 
Burthen995 5994Tons BM 


17.3.1794Broadside Weight = 494 Imperial Pound ( 224.029 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.3.1793270Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

3.4.1794 - 17.4.1796CaptainWilliam Sidney Smith (1764-1840) ADM 6/25/25BWAS-17934.1796 - 12.1796CaptainThomas Le Marchant Gosselin (1765-1857)BWAS-179312.1796 - 4.1799CaptainSir Richard John Strachan (6th Baronet of Thornton, Kincardine) (1760-1828)BWAS-17934.1799 - 6.1802CaptainEdward Griffith (1767-1832)BWAS-17936.1802 - 7.1806CaptainThomas ElphinstoneBWAS-17937.1806 - 1809CaptainGeorge Argles (d.1831)BWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

2.6.1803 - 11.6.1803Rear-Admiral of the RedCuthbert Collingwood (1750-1810)NAO

1 Commissioned Officer

3.1794 - 10.1794First LieutenantRichard Dacres (1761-1837)ref:616

2 Petty Officers

8.1796 - 7.8.1798MidshipmanJames Boxer (d.1847)NBD18497.1798 - 6.1802MidshipmanAlexander Barclay Branch (1784-?)NBD1849

2 Crewmen

14.4.1794 - 18.4.1796Captain's ServantJames Boxer (d.1847)NBD184913.7.1805 - 1.18061st Class VolunteerCharles Burrard (1793-1870)NBD1849

Service History

4.1793Began building at Deptford - London BWAS-1793
17.3.1794Completed building at Deptford - London at a cost of £13676.0.0dBWAS-1793
17.3.1794Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
9.6.1794Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £8492.0.0dBWAS-1793
23.8.1794Destruction of the Volontaire
21.10.1794Capture of the Révolutionnaire
21.10.1794Took the Frigate Révolutionnaire (36)
9.5.1795Action in Carteret Bay
1796Took the Privateer Le Pichegru (10) off Cherbourg
6.5.1796Took the Privateer Le Pichegru (10) off Cherbourg
24.12.1796Took the Brig L'Espérance (14) off Alderney , after a chace in the Ance de VauvilleBG
31.12.1796Took the Brig L'Amaranthe (14) off Alderney
27.4.1797Took the Cutter L'Espérance (2) off Le HavreBG
23.9.1797Destroyed a privateer lugger off Le HavreBWAS-1793
6.1799Quiberon operationsBWAS-1793
7.1799Convoy to the Cape of Good HopeBWAS-1793
1.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay
20.8.1801Took the Sixth Rate Neptuno (20) by boats at Corunna
1802In the ChannelBWAS-1793
7.12.1804Diamond vs Infante don Carlos
7.12.1804Took the Corvette Infante Don Carlos (24)
21.5.1807Sailed with a convoy to the coast of AfricaBWAS-1793
1810Paid off into OrdinaryBWAS-1793
6.1812Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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Posted by Cy on Saturday 15th of July 2017 10:03

The Diamond was built privately at the Grove Street Yard, which is in Deptford, although some sources say Rotherhythe.
It was not built at Deptford Dockyard.

Posted by Paul Fields on Friday 14th of July 2017 22:27

HMS Diamond 1794 was built in Deptford, source The Heavy Frigate. Also your service history has it built at Deptford not Grove Street.

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