Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned6.1804BWAS-1793
ShipyardHowden Pans - Newcastle upon Tyne - River Tyne BWAS-1793
ConstructorFrancis Hurry (d.1808)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck105' 0"Imperial Feet32.004 
Length of Keel85' 10 ½"Imperial Feet25.9207 
Breadth29' 4"Imperial Feet8.8505 
Burthen393Tons BM 


6.1804Broadside Weight = 153 Imperial Pound ( 69.3855 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck16 British 18-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.180480 BWAS-1793

8 Commanding Officers

6.1804 - 7.1804CommanderDonald Hugh MackayBWAS-17937.1804 - 10.1805CommanderJames JohnstoneBWAS-179310.1805 - 1807CommanderRobert WilliamsBWAS-17931807CaptainJohn BushbyBWAS-17931808 - 3.1809CommanderRobert WilliamsBWAS-17933.1809 - 11.1810CommanderAlexander RennyBWAS-179311.1810 - 1.1812CommanderGeorge Barne Trollope (1779-1850)BWAS-17931.1812 - 13.8.1812CommanderThomas Lamb Poulden LaugharneBWAS-1793

Service History

27.5.1804Began fitting at Blackwall - London BWAS-1793
8.6.1804Completed fitting at Blackwall - London BWAS-1793
8.6.1804Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
9.8.1804Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
3.5.1809Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
18.3.1810Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
5.4.1812Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
13.8.1812Taken by Essex (32) off Newfoundland

Notes on Ship

Mercantile collier Oxfor built on the Tyne in 1803


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

Previous comments on this page

Posted by AvM on Thursday 20th of July 2017 21:18

Papers Respecting The Navy, Presented In Pursuance Of Addresses of the House of Lords to His Majesty.

It seems that I was correct with the ship
Alert was purchased form Champion & Co.
Oxford was 2 years old and has 393bm
was purchased for £6,805
moreover £3,730 were spent to fitting the ship at King'S Yard.

Posted by AvM on Thursday 20th of July 2017 20:29

I am very soory, it seems thta the Oxford mentioned below by me was not the same.

Posted by AvM on Thursday 20th of July 2017 20:24

She was a collier Oxford
Registered at London BT111/02
#407 22 Dec 1803 William Sharp 390 32/94bm
#138 07 Apr 1804 Edward Cook 393 12/94bm

Register of Shipping 1805
Oxford Ship
1 year old built Whitby 1804
400t draught 16ft
master E.Cook
owner Chapman
class AI 9

Lloyd's List - Tuesday 13 November 1804
CORK arrived transport 'Oxford' from Portsmouth

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