Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1779/02BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNortham BWAS-1714
Designed byEdward HuntBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 0"Imperial Feet38.4048
Length of Keel103' 9 ⅞"Imperial Feet31.4166
Breadth35' 7"Imperial Feet10.7036
Depth in Hold12' 2"Imperial Feet3.683
Burthen699 2394Tons BM


1780/08/30Broadside Weight = 246 Imperial Pound ( 111.561 kg) BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1778250Design Complement 


1780/081783/01/01CaptainThomas MackenzieBWAS-1714
1783/01/011783/12CaptainThomas TroubridgeBWAS-1714
1783/12/131786/07CaptainSimon MackenzieBWAS-1714
1793/011794CaptainEdmund NagleBWAS-1714
17951795CaptainSir Thomas WolleyBWAS-1714
17961796/07/13CaptainSir Erasmus GowerBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1793/03/101793/07LieutenantHenry Blackwoodref:616

Service History

DateEvent Source
1780/08/30building at Northam at a cost of £8285.4.3dBWAS-1714
1780/09/02Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1780/11/18Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/03/13Sailed for the East IndiesBWAS-1714
1781/04/16Battle of Porto Praya 
1781/07/01Took the Merchantman Ship Held Woltemade near Saldhana Bay 
1781/07/21Attack in Saldanha Bay 
1782/09/03Battle of Trincomalee 
1786/07Returned home to be paid offBWAS-1714
1791/11Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1793/03Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £17845.0.0dBWAS-1714
1796/07/13Wrecked on Anticosti island in the St Lawrence estuaryBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:616 Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
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Posted by Frank van Andel on Sunday 5th of February 2017 19:33

What happened to the crew of the Held Woltemade, which was taken near Saldhana Bay? In the VOC log it doesn't say they were killed, just "lifted" (= taken from board by the British)

Posted by Ian Bates on Friday 5th of October 2012 12:03

The captain of this frigate when it was wrecked in 1796 was Captain Edward Leveson-Gower (8 May 1776 – 6 December 1853).
Captain Sir Erasmus Gower was in command of HMS Triumph (74) at this time, not HMS Active (32).

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