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Nominal Guns40BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1793
Designed by
William RuleBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1813
Richard WellsBritish
Ship Builder
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up1.1.1821BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck154' 0"Imperial Feet46.9392 
Length of Keel128' 11"Imperial Feet39.0153 
Breadth40' 6"Imperial Feet12.3444 
Depth in Hold14' 3"Imperial Feet4.2863 
Burthen1,127 2294Tons BM 


4.1797Broadside Weight = 443 Imperial Pound ( 200.9005 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck30 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1797320 BWAS-1793

8 Ship Commanders

14.3.1797 - 11.1799Captain
Richard LaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1799
11.1799 - 5.1802Captain
Edward FellowesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
5.1802 - 4.1803Captain
James Athol WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1821
4.1803 - 6.1803Captain
James OswaldBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1808
6.1803 - 5.1805Captain
James Athol WoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1821
5.1805 - 9.1806Captain
Richard Dalling DunnBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
9.1806 - 1810Captain
Philip BeaverBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1789
13.4.1811 - 12.8.1815Captain
Alexander Robert KerrBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1815

2 Commissioned Officers

3.1797 - 22.1.1798Acting Lieutenant
Robert Howe BromleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791-1846
1.9.1806 - 18.9.1806Lieutenant
The Hon. Edmund Sexton Pery KnoxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1846

1 Warrant Officer

12.2.1807 - 14.6.1807Master
James SutherlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1814
ADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers

1806 - 9.18061st Class Volunteer
Adam CuppageBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1830
5.1811 - 6.1812Midshipman
Thomas Robert BrigstockeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1807-1821

1 Crewman

16.5.1805 - 18051st Class Volunteer
John FurneauxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1805-9999

Service History

14.3.1797Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
24.6.1797Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
2.1798Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
5.1798Took the Privateer
L'Hirondelle 1798-1798
French Privateer

1.5.1798Took the Privateer
Santa Maria 1798-1798
Spanish Privateer

12.5.1798Took the Privateer
San Antonio 1798-1798
Spanish Privateer

30.6.1798Took the Privateer
Trompe 1798-1798
Dutch Privateer

2.7.1798Took the Privateer
San Josef de Victoria 1798-1798
Spanish Privateer

13.7.1798Took the Privateer
San Miguel y Acandoa 1798-1798
Spanish Privateer

10.1801Sailed to the UK with a convoyBWAS-1793
2.1802Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
7.1802Returned to the UKBWAS-1793
7.1802fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
2.10.1803Took the Privateer
L'Aventure 1803-1803
French Privateer

1804Sailed to the West IndiesBWAS-1793
4.1805Returned homeBWAS-1793
6.2.1806Action of San Domingo
2.1807Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
17.7.1808Took the Sloop
Le Serpent (16) 1807-1808
French 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
at La Quaira

28.1.1809Capture of Martinique
14.4.1809Capture of Les Saintes Islands
1810Returned home and paid off at PlymouthBWAS-1793
1812To North AmericaBWAS-1793
24.7.1812Took the Brig
Curlew (18) 1812-1812
American 18 Gun
Privateer Brig

10.12.1812Took the Brig
Herald (16) 1811-1812
American 16 Gun
Privateer Brig

28.12.1814Took the Schooner
Prince de Neufchatel (18) 1813-1814
American 18 Gun
Privateer Schooner
in the Atlantic

11.3.1815Took the Post Ship
Levant (20) 1813-1820
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Post Ship
Porto Praya
7.1815Returned homeBWAS-1793
12.9.1815Paid off into Ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
1.1.1821Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 29th of September 2017 19:16

17 Nov 1804 Court Martial was held at Portsmouth on Lieut John Griffith of the Acasta40, for irregular and un-officer like conduct, absenting himself from his duty beyond his leave. The Court was of the opinion that he should be dismissed his ship and placed at the bottom of the List of Lieutenants.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 29th of September 2017 16:40

16 Feb 1803 Acasta40 Captain James Athol Wood whilst returning to Portsmouth, from Leith, was driven by adverse winds on to the French Coast, where she struck on the Flemish Banks, and dropped an anchor. A boat was hoisted out, with Lieut Galway, the Master, and 8 men, to take soundings, when she upset, and every soul perished.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 29th of September 2017 16:33

4 Jan 1802 Court Martial was held on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on Thomas Drokin, a marine, belonging to Acasta40 Captain Edward Fellowes for throwing a glass bottle at his Corporal, using mutinous expressions, and behaving in other respects disorderly. The charges being fully established, he was sentenced to be hung and he has been accordingly executed on board on the 10 Jan

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