Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1771BWAS-1714
First Commissioned31.1.1776
How acquiredPurpose builtB028
ShipyardGrove Street Yard BWAS-1714
Ship ClassAmazon Class
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
ConstructorJohn Barnard (1705-1784)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'L'Embuscade' (1798) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 3"Imperial Feet38.4077 
Length of Keel104' 1"Imperial Feet31.7056 
Breadth35' 1 ¾"Imperial Feet10.6871 
Depth in Hold12' 2"Imperial Feet3.683 
Draught Forward8' 4"Imperial Feet2.54 
Draught Aft13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen683 8194Tons BM 


17.9.1773Broadside Weight = 228 Imperial Pound ( 103.398 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

12 Commanding Officers

31.1.1776 - 30.1.1779CaptainJohn Macartney (c.1730-1781) ADM 6/21/153BWAS-171430.1.1779 - 24.3.1779CaptainThomas Haynes (c.1732-1789) ADM 6/21/505BWAS-171424.3.1779 - 12.7.1780CaptainThe Hon. Charles Phipps (1753-1786) ADM 6/21/529BWAS-171412.7.1780 - 16.10.1781CaptainHugh Seymour Conway (d.1801) ADM 6/22/150BWAS-171425.10.1781 - 15.4.1782CaptainHenry Duncan (1735-1814) ADM 6/22/356BWAS-171415.4.1782 - 30.4.1783CaptainWilliam Young (1751-1821) ADM 6/22/450ADM 6/2224.10.1787 - 19.11.1787CaptainThomas Boston (c.1735-1808) ADM 6/23/431BWAS-171419.11.1787 - 12.1789CaptainWilliam Henry King O'Hara (d.1789)† ADM 6/23/434BWAS-17145.1790 - 9.1791CaptainRobert Devereux FancourtBWAS-17149.1794 - 1796CaptainGeorge Duff (1764-1805)BWAS-17141796 - 9.1797CaptainThomas Twysden (d.1801)BWAS-17141798 - 14.12.1798CaptainHenry JenkinsBWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

1798 - 14.12.1798First LieutenantDawson Mayne (d.1798)TRN43.4.1798 - 14.12.1798LieutenantJoseph BriggsTRN4

2 Petty Officers

13.1.1791 - 7.1792MidshipmanPatrick Campbell (1773-1841)ref:6161799 - 1.1805Master's MateJohn Ballantyne (1775-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman

18.4.1795 - 3.17961st Class VolunteerAlexander BoyackNBD1849

Service History

17.9.1773Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
19.9.1773building at Grove Street Yard at a cost of £7125.16.9dBWAS-1714
1.10.1773Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1776Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
4.1776Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £4971.5.9dBWAS-1714
20.7.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1778In North AmericaBWAS-1714
1.1779Commissioned for the Western squadron and paid off later in the yearBWAS-1714
3.1779Began coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1779Completed coppering and fitting at Chatham Dockyard at a cost of £4476.17.11dBWAS-1714
28.6.1779Took the Privateer Le Prince de Montbray (20)
23.7.1779Took the Unrated Corvette La Hélène (16) in the North Sea
9.1779Sent to the relief of GuernseyBWAS-1714
4.7.1780Took the Privateer Eleonore in the North Sea
1.1781In AmericaBWAS-1714
5.1782Took the Privateer Commander de Dunkerque in the North Sea
27.6.1782Took the Privateer Le Petit Gens d'Armes in the Channel
28.6.1782Took the Privateer Ship Middlebourg (13) in the North Sea

Paid off

3.1784fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1784Began small repair at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1784Completed small repair at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £7808.4.11dBWAS-1714
7.1787Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1.1788Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £2330.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.4.1788Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
5.1790In the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1793Began middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1795Completed middling repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £16598.0.0dBWAS-1714
26.5.1796Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
4.1797Took the Privateer Schooner Buonaparte in the West Indies
20.11.1798Took the Sixth Rate Corvette L'Hirondelle (20) in the Channel

Arrived at Spithead with L'Hirondelle

14.12.1798Ambuscade vs Bayonnaise
14.12.1798Taken by Bayonnaise (28)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B028Ships of the Royal Navy - Volume IJ. J. ColledgeBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
TRN4The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IVWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

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