Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate flûte 'La Ménagère' (1779) (28)
First Commissioned22.11.1779BWAS-1714
Constructor Isaac BettsBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
BecomesBritish Merchant west indiaman 'Albemarle' (1784)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck125' 3 ½"Imperial Feet38.1127 
Length of Keel102' 2 ⅝"Imperial Feet31.1055 
Breadth31' 7 ¼"Imperial Feet9.4552 
Depth in Hold13' 7 ½"Imperial Feet3.9751 
Burthen543 694Tons BM 


11.1779Broadside Weight = 112 French Livre (120.8704 lbs 54.824 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 French 8-Pounder

10.1781Broadside Weight = 114 Imperial Pound ( 51.699 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 3-Pounder

3 Ship Commanders

11.12.1779 - 27.5.1780Captain John Thomas (d.1810) ADM 6/22/245BWAS-171427.5.1780 - 15.8.1781Captain Thomas Taylor ADM 6/22/305
Issued by Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794), North America
Confirmed 28.6.1781
15.8.1781 - 3.7.1783Captain Horatio Nelson (1758-1805): on board from 23.8.1781 ADM 6/22/325NAO

Service History

2.1781Paid offBWAS-1714
3.7.1781Began coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.10.1781Completed coppering and fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £7302.4.1dBWAS-1714
31.10.1781Sailed with a convoy to DenmarkBWAS-1714
2.1782Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1782Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.4.1782Sailed with a convoy to QuebecBWAS-1714
27.5.1782Arrived in QuebecBWAS-1714
14.8.1782Chased by a French squadron off BostonBWAS-1714
1.1783Took the Gabarre La Reine de France (8)
7.3.1783Attack on Turk's Island


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