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 Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor Richard WellsBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-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 Lane (d.1799)BWAS-179311.1799 - 5.1802Captain Edward Fellowes (d.1841)BWAS-17935.1802 - 4.1803Captain James Athol Wood (1756-1829)BWAS-17934.1803 - 6.1803Captain James OswaldBWAS-17936.1803 - 5.1805Captain James Athol Wood (1756-1829)BWAS-17935.1805 - 9.1806Captain Richard Dalling Dunn (d.1813)BWAS-17939.1806 - 1810Captain Philip Beaver (1766-1813)BWAS-179313.4.1811 - 12.8.1815Captain Alexander Robert KerrBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

3.1797 - 22.1.1798Acting Lieutenant Robert Howe Bromley (1778-1857)NBD18491.9.1806 - 18.9.1806LieutenantThe Hon. Edmund Sexton Pery Knox (1787-1867)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

12.2.1807 - 14.6.1807Master James Sutherland (d.1814)ADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers

1806 - 9.18061st Class Volunteer Adam Cuppage (1792-?)NBD18495.1811 - 6.1812Midshipman Thomas Robert BrigstockeNBD1849

1 Crewman

16.5.1805 - 18051st Class Volunteer John Furneaux (1793-1865)NBD1849

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
1.5.1798Took the Privateer Santa Maria
12.5.1798Took the Privateer San Antonio
30.6.1798Took the Privateer Trompe
2.7.1798Took the Privateer San Josef de Victoria
13.7.1798Took the Privateer San Miguel y Acandoa
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
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) 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)
10.12.1812Took the Brig Herald (16)
28.12.1814Took the Schooner Prince de Neufchatel (18) in the Atlantic
11.3.1815Took the Post Ship Levant (20) Porto PrayaTRN4
7.1815Returned homeBWAS-1793
12.9.1815Paid off into Ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
1.1.1821Broken up at WoolwichBWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

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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