Aeolus -> 1800 Guernsey

Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1757BWAS-1714
First Commissioned30.11.1758BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
Ship ClassNiger ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorThomas WestBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up4.1801BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck125' 5 ½"Imperial Feet38.1127 
Length of Keel103' 6 ⅛"Imperial Feet31.3976 
Breadth35' 9"Imperial Feet10.7137 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward8' 6"Imperial Feet2.5908 
Draught Aft14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen703 8194Tons BM 


29.11.1758Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1757220Design Complement

8 Commanding Officers

30.11.1758 - 8.5.1761CaptainJohn Elliot (1732-1808) ADM 6/19/9BWAS-17144.5.1761 - 18.11.1763CaptainWilliam Hotham (1736-1813) ADM 6/19/313BWAS-17146.1.1766 - 9.6.1767CaptainThe Hon. John Leveson Gower (1740-1792) ADM 6/20/100BWAS-17149.6.1767 - 27.2.1772CaptainWilliam Bennett (d.1790) ADM 6/20/170BWAS-17149.10.1776 - 4.10.1780CaptainChristopher Atkins (c.1728-1791) ADM 6/21/219BWAS-17144.10.1780 - 18.1.1782CaptainGeorge Keppel ADM 6/22/179BWAS-171418.1.1782 - 14.4.1783CaptainHenry Colins (d.1791) ADM 6/22/401BWAS-171414.4.1783 - 15.1.1784CaptainGeorge Robertson (c.1739-1791) ADM 6/23/49BWAS-1714

1 Warrant Officer

16.1.1759 - 2.4.1760MasterDavid Jefferson (c.1730-1789) ADM 107/5/223ADM 107/5

2 Petty Officers

16.12.1762 - 18.11.1763Master's MateJohn Gore (1729-1790)ODNB1775MidshipmanCharles Cunningham (d.1834)ref:616

1 Crewman

14.10.1776 - 10.1780Able SeamanThe Hon. Henry Curzon (1765-1846)NBD1849

Service History

29.11.1758building at Deptford - London at a cost of £7136.19.8dBWAS-1714
18.1.1759fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £4333.10.3dBWAS-1714
19.3.1759Action of 19 March 1759
20.11.1759Battle of Quiberon Bay
28.2.1760Action of February 28 1760
28.2.1760Took the Frigate La Terpsichore (28) off the Isle of Man
27.5.1760Took the Privateer La Minette
23.3.1761Took the Privateer Le Carnival
6.12.1761Took the Privateer La Perrière (6)
3.2.1762Took the Privateer L'Espérance (6)
7.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Malouin (6) and carried in Plymouth with his prize retaken "Elizabeth and Anna"of London, William Gowland, Master, from Maryland .BG
7.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Malouin (6) and carried in Plymouth with his prize retaken "Elizabeth and Anna"of London, William Gowland, Master, from Maryland .BG
10.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Curieux (6) BG
22.4.1762Took the Privateer Le Mignon (8)
20.8.1762Took the Privateer Le Formidable

Paid off

1.1764Began middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1765Completed middling repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4650.6.5dBWAS-1714
10.3.1766Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1770Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1771Sailed to NewfoundlandBWAS-1714

Paid off

5.1775Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
12.1776Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £12155.10.10dBWAS-1714
27.2.1777Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
12.9.1777Took the Sloop Swallow
2.6.1779Took the Frigate La Prudente (32)
12.1779Began coppering and fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
3.1780Completed coppering and fitting at a cost of £5442.1.7dBWAS-1714
18.4.1780Sailed with a convoy for PortugalBWAS-1714
24.6.1780Took the Privateer La Eulalie (26)
28.4.1781Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
14.8.1781Took the Privateer Lyon
14.8.1781Took the Frigate Vestal (28)
2.9.1781Took the Frigate Disdain (16)
16.9.1781Took the Brig Captain (10)
13.4.1782Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
18.4.1782Took the Privateer L'Aglaé

Paid off

3.1796Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
5.1796Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
7.5.1800Renamed GuernseyBWAS-1714
25.11.1800Ordered to be broken upBWAS-1714
4.1801Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


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Posted by Jim Tildesley on Sunday 28th of October 2012 21:25

In action 1760/02/28 also took Le Blonde and Belle Isle. Aeolus was assisted by HMS Pallas and Brilliant

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