Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'L'Aimable' (1776) (32)
ShipyardToulon - Provence BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAlcmème ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Antoine Groignard (1727-1799)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up5.1814BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck133' 5"Imperial Feet40.5422 
Length of Keel109' 5"Imperial Feet33.2373 
Breadth36' 8"Imperial Feet11.0067 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen782 4494Tons BM 


5.1782Broadside Weight = 198 Imperial Pound ( 89.793 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

1791Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1782220 BWAS-1714

12 Ship Commanders

13.5.1782 - 29.7.1783Captain Alexander Hood (1758-1798) ADM 6/23/154
Issued by George Brydges Rodney (Baronet ) (1719-1792), Barbados - Windward Islands - Barbados & the Leeward Islands
Confirmed 22.10.1783
7.2.1793 - 5.1795CaptainSir Harry Burrard-Neale (d.1840) ADM 6/24/205BWAS-17145.1795 - 7.1795Captain Francis Laforey (1767-1835)BWAS-17147.1795 - 2.1796Captain Charles Sydney Davers TransferedBWAS-17147.7.1796 - 4.1797Captain Jemmett Mainwaring (d.1801)BWAS-17144.1797 - 27.10.1798Captain William Granville LobbBWAS-171424.12.1798 - 11.9.1802Captain Henry Raper (1767-1845) DischargedBWAS-17142.10.1803 - 14.8.1805Captain William Bolton (d.1817)BWAS-17148.1805Captain Duncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)BWAS-17148.1805 - 7.1807Captain Clotworthy UptonBWAS-17147.1807 - 9.1810Captain George StuartBWAS-17149.1810 - 6.2.1811Captain John Charles WoolcombeBWAS-1714

1 Flag Officer

5.1795 - 30.5.1795Vice-Admiral of the RedSir John Laforey (1st Baronet Laforey) (1729-1796) ADM 107/3/274BWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

1804Lieutenant William MatherTRN5

2 Warrant Officers

5.9.1797 - 4.9.1798Surgeon Alexander Milne ADM 101/81/4ADM 10114.1.1799 - 26.9.1800Master David ClarkADM 29-1

2 Petty Officers

1794 - 1795Midshipman Charles Philip Butler Bateman (1776-?)NBD18491797Master's Mate Thomas Cull (d.1846)NBD1849

1 Crewman

2.1806 - 18061st Class Volunteer Thomas Atkinson (d.1864)NBD1849

Service History

21.7.1782Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
11.1782Blockade of Cap FrancoisBWAS-1714
29.1.1783Registered, backdated to date of captureBWAS-1714

Sailed from Jamaica for England


Arrived at Chatham, paid off and was laid up

1.1790Began great repair at Rochester - Kent BWAS-1714
12.1792Completed great repair at Rochester - Kent at a cost of £15727.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.1792Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1793Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £6268.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1793Took the Privateer Le Laborieux in the Channel
22.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
26.5.1793Took the Privateer Le Coureur (10)
23.5.1794Took the Gabarre La Moselle (20) off the Hyeres
5.5.1795Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
22.7.1796Aimable vs Pensée
15.9.1796Took the Privateer L'Iris (6) BWAS-1793
6.4.1797Took the Privateer Le Chasseur (6) BG
6.4.1798Took the Privateer Le Triomphe (14) off Puerto Rico
8.4.1798Took the Privateer Le Chasseur (2) off Puerto Rico
20.4.1798Took the Privateer L'Espiègle (2)
10.1798Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714

Paid off

3.1799Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £6691.0.0dBWAS-1714
1.6.1799Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
20.11.1799Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
17.12.1799Action of 1799-12-17
1801In the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
7.1803Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
11.1803Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £8405.0.0dBWAS-1714
16.5.1804Attack on Ver Huell's squadron
1805In the North SeaBWAS-1714
11.11.1807Took the Privateer La Décidée (16)
2.1.1809Took the Corvette L'Iris (24)
2.1.1809Took the Corvette L'Iris (24) off Dieppe
7.7.1809Operations in the Elbe
25.11.1810Stranded on Berwick Bar but refloatedBWAS-1714
5.1814Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


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