Active -> 1833 Argo

Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down7.1798BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorEdward SisonBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up24.10.1860BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck150' 0"Imperial Feet45.72 
Length of Keel125' 2 ⅞"Imperial Feet38.1222 
Breadth39' 9"Imperial Feet11.9126 
Depth in Hold13' 9"Imperial Feet4.0386 
Draught Forward10' 10"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft15' 3"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen1,052 5594Tons BM 


12.1799Broadside Weight = 425 Imperial Pound ( 192.7375 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.1799284Establishment (later increased to 315)BWAS-1793

12 Commanding Officers

12.1799 - 9.1801CaptainCharles Sydney DaversBWAS-17939.1801 - 10.1801CaptainJohn GiffardBWAS-179310.1801CommanderThomas George Shortland (1771-1827)BWAS-179310.1801 - 1803CaptainCharles Sydney DaversNMMWH8.1804 - 8.1808CaptainRichard Hussey Moubray (1776-?)BWAS-17938.1808CaptainJames Alexander Gordon (1782-1869)BWAS-17936.1809 - 6.1812CaptainJames Alexander Gordon (1782-1869)BWAS-17931815 - 10.1815CaptainWilliam KingBWAS-179319.11.1815 - 9.10.1817Captain Philip Carteret (1777-1828)ref:6161.1819 - 12.1821CaptainSir James Alexander Gordon (1782-1869)BWAS-179324.12.1821 - 9.1824CaptainAndrew King (1774-1835)BWAS-17939.1824 - 10.1825CaptainSir Robert RodneyBWAS-1793

9 Commissioned Officers

21.12.1807 - 12.1808LieutenantJohn Thomas Young (1782-1848)NBD18491811LieutenantGeorge Haye (1788-1847)BWAS-17931811LieutenantGeorge Wickins Willes (1785-1846)BWAS-17931811 - 28.10.1811LieutenantWilliam Wilmot HendersonBWAS-179328.10.1811 - 1811LieutenantWilliam Bateman DashwoodBWAS-179323.1.1814 - 1821First LieutenantGeorge Bague (d.1856)NBD184910.6.1816 - 6.8.1819LieutenantPrice Blackwood (1794-1841)TGM6.7.1822 - 1.12.1823LieutenantHenry Martin Blackwood (1801-1851)BWAS-17148.11.1823 - 1824LieutenantJoseph BroomheadNBD1849

10 Petty Officers

10.1803 - 22.5.1806MidshipmanJohn Jordan Arrow (d.1853)NL186510.1804 - 1807MidshipmanVere Warner Hussey Bogle (1787-?)NBD18499.1809 - 6.1812MidshipmanRichard BowenBWAS-17146.1810 - 6.1812MidshipmanJoseph Cammelleri (1794-1860)NBD18491811MidshipmanRobert Kingston (d.1851)BWAS-17931811MidshipmanJames LewBWAS-179328.10.1811 - 1811MidshipmanGeorge Osborne (d.1811)BWAS-17934.1819 - 1819MidshipmanJohn James Allen (1806-?)NL186520.4.1820 - 1820MidshipmanRichard Crozier (1803-1880)NBD18494.1822 - 11.1825MidshipmanSt Leger Aldworth (1806-?)NL1865

4 Crewmen

5.1801 - 1805Able SeamanJames Sutter Britton (1781-?)NBD18498.1808 - 7.5.18093rd Class BoyJoseph Cammelleri (1794-1860)NBD18492.1819 - 7.18211st Class VolunteerThomas Frederick Birch (1805-?)NBD18494.1819 - 20.4.18201st Class VolunteerRichard Crozier (1803-1880)NBD1849

Service History

7.1798Began building at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
14.12.1799Completed building at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £28610.0.0dBWAS-1793
14.12.1799Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
1800Sailed to the West Indies with a convoyBWAS-1793
4.2.1800Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
29.10.1800Sailed on a cruiseSOTON
9.11.1800Returned to portBWAS-1793
12.1800Cruising off L'HavreBWAS-1793
26.1.1801Took the Cutter Le Quirole (14) in the Channel
25.5.1801Sailed for Egypt in company with as convoy escortBWAS-1603
27.3.1802Arrived a LisbonSOTON
13.7.1802Returned to PortsmouthSOTON
3.1803At MaltaSOTON
31.3.1803Spotted the French Fleet leaving Toulon for the West Indies and followed them until nightfallSOTON
1804Took the Unrated Le Jeune Isabelle in the Channel
3.1804Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
18.1.1805In company with was chased by the French fleetBWAS-1603
1806On the Irish stationBWAS-1793
2.1807In Sir Thomas Louis' squadron for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
19.2.1807At the DardanellesBWAS-1793
19.2.1807Engaged and drove ashore a Turkish frigate. She was blown up by boats from the ActiveBWAS-1793
19.2.1807Forcing the Dardanelles
1.3.1807Passage of the Dardanelles
3.3.1807Hit by a Granite shot weighing 800 pounds and measuring 6' 6", no one was injuredSOTON
27.4.1807Captured the French privateer **Amis** (4)BWAS-1793
26.3.1808Took the Brig-Corvette Friedland (14)
26.6.1808Took the Gunboat Volpe (1) off Corfu
1809Escorted a fleet of merchantmen to England and paid off in MaySOTON
5.1809Began a refit at ChathamSOTON
9.1809Completed refit at ChathamSOTON
2.2.1811Boats form the Active took part in taking four Venetian trabaccolos from the port of PestichiSOTON
13.3.1811Battle of Lissa
29.7.1811Active's boats attacked a convoy in a creek. 3 gunboats and 18 vessels were taken, 10 were destroyedSOTON
28.11.1811Left Port St George on Lissa in company with and to encounter a French squadron of three frigates off the island of Augusta. The took the Persanne, and the Active and took the Pomone after a long chase, the Pauline escapedBWAS-1603
29.11.1811Action of 1811-11-29
29.11.1811Took the Frigate La Pomone (40) near Corfu
6.1812Paid off and placed in ordinary at Sheerness and then at WoolwichBWAS-1793
6.1813Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
1815Recommissioned for the Jamaica stationSOTON
11.1815Started fitting at SheernessSOTON
4.1816Completed fittingSOTON
1817Jamaica station, returning to England laterBWAS-1793
1818In ordinary at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
1.1819Recommissioned at Portsmouth for the Halifax StationBWAS-1793
1821Paid off after attending on George IV during his visit to IrelandBWAS-1793
12.1821In Portsmouth commissioning for the MediterraneanSOTON
9.1824Returned to EnglandSOTON
10.1825Began fitting as a Receiving Ship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
2.1826Completed fitting as a Receiving Ship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
15.11.1833Renamed ArgoBWAS-1793
24.10.1860Breaking up completed at PortsmouthBWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

In the Battle of Lissa the Active lost 15 killed, another five were lost fighting the fire onboard the prize Bellona.

In the action of 28 November 1811, Active lost 8 killed, including midshipman George Osborne and 27 wounded, including captain Gordon who lost a leg, and the first lieutenant William Bateman Dashwood who lost an arm.


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