Ambuscade -> 1804 Seine

Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'L'Embuscade' (1789) (32)
First Commissioned8.1800BWAS-1793
ShipyardRochefort - Aunis NNF-1774
Designed byHonore-Sebastien Vial de ClaiboisNNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Broken Up8.1813BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck142' 4"Imperial Feet43.284 
Length of Keel120' 0 ¾"Imperial Feet36.5951 
Breadth37' 8"Imperial Feet11.3066 
Depth in Hold11' 6 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen905 7894Tons BM 


8.1800Broadside Weight = 314 Imperial Pound ( 142.399 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

6 Commanding Officers

8.1800 - 9.1802CaptainJohn ColvillBWAS-17939.1802 - 1.1804CaptainDavid Colby (d.1834)BWAS-179317.1.1804 - 1804CaptainWilliam DurbanBWAS-17932.1804 - 1805CaptainDavid Milne (1763-1845)BWAS-17931805 - 2.1811CaptainDavid Atkins (d.1811)BWAS-17932.1811 - 1812CaptainJohn HatleyBWAS-1793

1 Flag Officer

9.1802 - 1.1804Rear-Admiral of the BlueEdward Thornbrough (1754-1834)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

20.1.1801 - 10.5.1803LieutenantJohn Aitken Blow (d.1848)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

3.1804 - 4.1805MidshipmanGeorge Charles BlakeNBD1849

Service History

15.11.1798Started fitting at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
15.11.1798Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
27.10.1800Completed fitting at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
27.10.1800Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
26.3.1801Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
1802Service in the ChannelBWAS-1793
9.1802Flagship in the North SeaBWAS-1793
16.1.1804Renamed SeineBWAS-1793
1805Jamaica stationBWAS-1793
30.4.1805Took the Privateer Perseverante (5)
27.5.1805Took the Privateer La Conception (2)
1807On the Irish stationBWAS-1793
26.12.1807Took the Privateer Sibylle (1)
1808On the Channel stationBWAS-1793
9.10.1809Took the Unrated La Zéphyr (18) in the Channel
25.10.1809Took the Brig Le Rôdeur (16) off BordeauxBG
2.1811In the DownsBWAS-1793
1812Paid off at DeptfordBWAS-1793
8.1813Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1793


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