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Active -> 1833 Argo

2881
Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered27.4.1796BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down7.1798BWAS-1793
Launched14.12.1799BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
Designed by
Sir John HenslowBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1761-1795
BWAS-1793
Constructor
Edward SisonBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1780-1793
BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up24.10.1860BWAS-1793

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
12.1799 - 9.1801Captain
Charles Sydney DaversBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1803
BWAS-1793
9.1801 - 10.1801Captain
John GiffardBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1807
BWAS-1793
10.1801Commander
Thomas George ShortlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1791
BWAS-1793
10.1801 - 1803Captain
Charles Sydney DaversBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1803
NMMWH
8.1804 - 8.1808Captain
Richard Hussey MoubrayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1821
BWAS-1793
8.1808Captain
James Alexander GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1868
BWAS-1793
6.1809 - 6.1812Captain
James Alexander GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1868
BWAS-1793
1815 - 10.1815Captain
William KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1817
BWAS-1793
19.11.1815 - 9.10.1817Captain
Philip CarteretBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1792-1817
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1.1819 - 12.1821Captain
Sir James Alexander GordonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1868
BWAS-1793
24.12.1821 - 9.1824Captain
Andrew KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1824
BWAS-1793
9.1824 - 10.1825Captain
Sir Robert RodneyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1825
BWAS-1793

9 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
21.12.1807 - 12.1808Lieutenant
John Thomas YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1836
NBD1849
1811Lieutenant
George Wickins WillesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1836
BWAS-1793
1811Lieutenant
George HayeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1829
BWAS-1793
1811 - 28.10.1811Lieutenant
William Wilmot HendersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1841
BWAS-1793
28.10.1811 - 1811Lieutenant
William Bateman DashwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811-1820
BWAS-1793
23.1.1814 - 1821First Lieutenant
George BagueBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1837
NBD1849
10.6.1816 - 6.8.1819Lieutenant
Price BlackwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1714-1823
TGM
6.7.1822 - 1.12.1823Lieutenant
Henry Martin BlackwoodBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1814-1844
BWAS-1714
8.11.1823 - 1824Lieutenant
Joseph BroomheadBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1808-1824
NBD1849

10 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
10.1803 - 22.5.1806Midshipman
John Jordan ArrowBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1814
NL1865
10.1804 - 1807Midshipman
Vere Warner Hussey BogleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1844
NBD1849
9.1809 - 6.1812Midshipman
Richard BowenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1816
BWAS-1714
6.1810 - 6.1812Midshipman
Joseph CammelleriBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1851
NBD1849
1811Midshipman
James LewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811-1812
BWAS-1793
1811Midshipman
Robert KingstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811-1818
BWAS-1793
28.10.1811 - 1811Midshipman
George OsborneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1811
BWAS-1793
4.1819 - 1819Midshipman
John James AllenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1818-1841
NL1865
20.4.1820 - 1820Midshipman
Richard CrozierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1813-1839
NBD1849
4.1822 - 11.1825Midshipman
St Leger AldworthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1819-1842
NL1865

4 Crewmen


DatesRatingNameSource
5.1801 - 1805Able Seaman
James Sutter BrittonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1800-1815
NBD1849
8.1808 - 7.5.18093rd Class Boy
Joseph CammelleriBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1851
NBD1849
2.1819 - 7.18211st Class Volunteer
Thomas Frederick BirchBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1819-1841
NBD1849
4.1819 - 20.4.18201st Class Volunteer
Richard CrozierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1813-1839
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
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) 1800-1801
French 14 Gun
Privateer Cutter
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 1804-1804
French Unrated
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) 1807-1808
Italian 14 Gun
Unrated Brig-Corvette

26.6.1808Took the Gunboat
Volpe (1) 1806-1808
Neapolitan 1 Gun
Unrated Gunboat
off Corfu

1809Escorted a fleet of merchantmen to England and paid off in MaySOTON
5.1809Began a refit at ChathamSOTON
6.1809RecommissionedBWAS-1793
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) 1805-1811
French 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
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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