Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1798BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
Ship ClassPenelope ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorThomas PollardBWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck150' 0"Imperial Feet45.72 
Length of Keel125' 5 ⅜"Imperial Feet38.1095 
Breadth39' 7"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold13' 0"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Forward10' 7"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft14' 9"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen1,045 4894Tons BM 


22.4.1799Broadside Weight = 444 Imperial Pound ( 201.354 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797274Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

5.1799 - 10.1801CaptainJohn Cooke (1762-1805)BWAS-179310.1801 - 11.1801CaptainCharles Tyler (1760-1835)BWAS-179311.1801 - 4.1803CaptainHenry Richard Glynn (d.1848)BWAS-17934.1803 - 6.1804CaptainAlexander Campbell (d.1825)BWAS-17934.1806 - 9.1809CaptainMichael SeymourBWAS-17939.1809 - 16.2.1811CaptainJacob WaltonBWAS-1793

3 Commissioned Officers

4.9.1801 - 1805LieutenantWilliam Balfour (1781-1846)NBD184913.6.1807 - 9.1809LieutenantEdward Thomas Crouch (d.1846)NBD18495.8.1808 - 1809LieutenantWilliam Hill (1779-?)NAO

1 Warrant Officer

24.5.1809 - 6.10.1810MasterChristopher AndersonADM29-1

3 Petty Officers

5.1801 - 20.12.1805MidshipmanJohn Norman Campbell (d.1849)NBD184910.1809 - 16.2.1811MidshipmanJoseph BroomheadNBD184911.1809 - 16.2.1811MidshipmanJohn Harrison Bowker (d.1848)NBD1849

Service History


Launched at Deptford in the presence of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, a number of the nobility, and most of the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners

9.1799Operations on the Dutch coastBWAS-1793
29.12.1799Took the Privateer L'Aventurier (14)
15.2.1800Took the Privateer Le Vaillant (14)
1.4.1800Took the Corvette Le Mars (22) in the night of 31 March to 01 April 1800BG
6.1800Quiberon operationsBWAS-1793
1.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay
25.8.1800Attack on Ferrol
1801In the North SeaBWAS-1793
26.1.1801Capture of the Dédaigneuse
28.1.1801Took the Frigate La Dédaigneuse (40) off Ferrol
16.3.1801Sank the privateer Nuestra Señora del Carmen (6) BWAS-1793
9.4.1801Took the Privateer Le Général Brune (14) in the Channel
1803In the North SeaBWAS-1793
15.5.1807Took the Lugger La Joséphine (4)
10.11.1808Capture of the Thetis
10.11.1808Took the Frigate La Thétis (40) in the Bay of Biscay
2.1809Off RochefortBWAS-1793
5.4.1809Capture of the Niémen
5.4.1809Took the Frigate Nieman (38) in the Bay of Biscay
5.4.1809Took the Frigate Niémen (40) in the Bay of Biscay
28.7.1809Expedition to the Scheldt
28.7.1809Walcheren Expedition
9.1809Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
1.1810Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
16.2.1811Wrecked in a storm in Plymouth Sound, 8 men drownedBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim on Friday 6th of April 2012 23:04

1811 Feb. 16 Amethyst36 wrecked in Plymouth Sound

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