Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down11.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned5.1788BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardRotherhithe - London - Surrey BWAS-1714
Ship ClassHermione ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Edward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up9.1815BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck129' 2"Imperial Feet39.321 
Length of Keel107' 0"Imperial Feet32.6136 
Breadth35' 8"Imperial Feet10.7086 
Breadth35' 4"Imperial Feet10.6883 
Depth in Hold12' 7 ½"Imperial Feet3.6703 
Draught Forward8' 6"Imperial Feet2.5908 
Draught Aft13' 11"Imperial Feet3.9709 
Burthen724 094Tons BM 


23.11.1786Broadside 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
25.3.1780220Design Complement

13 Ship Commanders

1.12.1787 - 13.5.1788Captain Francis Pender ADM 6/23/439ADM 6/2313.5.1788 - 26.4.1791Captain Robert Montagu: on board from 15.5.1788 ADM 6/23/460ADM 6/238.9.1791 - 15.7.1794Captain Robert Stopford (1768-1847) Transfered ADM 6/24/134ADM 6/247.7.1794 - 7.1795Captain Robert Barlow (1757-1843) ADM 6/25/57BWAS-17147.1795 - 9.1798Captain William Edward Cracraft (d.1810)BWAS-17149.1798 - 1800Captain Thomas BoysBWAS-17141.1811 - 5.1811Captain William Pakenham (d.1811)BWAS-17145.1811 - 1813Captain William Bowles (1780-1869)BWAS-17141813Lieutenant Joseph PateyBWAS-17141813 - 8.1814Captain William Bowles (1780-1869)BWAS-171422.4.1814 - 19.7.1814Acting Captain James Boxer (d.1847)NBD18498.1814 - 1816Captain Thomas Burton (d.1843)BWAS-17141816 - 4.1816Captain Richard Budd Vincent (c.1770-1831)BWAS-1714

7 Commissioned Officers

6.6.1789 - 1.11.1790Acting LieutenantThe Hon. Courtnay Boyle (1770-1844)ref:6162.12.1789 - 1790Second Lieutenant William Pierrepont ADM 6/24/67
Issued by Joseph Peyton (1725-1804), The Mediterranean Sea
Confirmed 16.9.1790
ADM 6/24
1794First Lieutenant John Eatonref:9241794Second LieutenantSir Charles Lindsay (d.1799)ref:9241794Third Lieutenant James Hillyer (1769-1843)ref:92417.7.1794 - 9.10.1795Lieutenant Samuel Butcher (1770-1849)NBD184920.6.1812 - 15.4.1814Lieutenant William Bohun Bowyer (1789-?)NBD1849

7 Warrant Officers

1794Surgeon Robert Harris (d.1798)ref:9241794Carpenter Edward Careyref:9241794Boatswain Richard Reelyref:9241794Master Edward Kirbyref:9241794 - 1798Purser Edward Stephens (d.1798)ref:9241794Master's Mate Francis Beaufort (1774-1857)ADM 171/88.1.1794 - 15.12.1797Gunner William Longref:924

2 Petty Officers

4.1791 - 1795Midshipman Francis Beaufort (1774-1857)NBD18491795Midshipman Robert AllenADM 171/8

3 Crewmen

1794Able Seaman William GristADM 171/81794Boy Francis RossADM 171/81794Boy James RoseADM 171/8

2 Marines

1794Lieutenant of Marines William McComberef:9241794Private Thomas SisonADM 171/8

Service History

6.12.1786Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
21.12.1786Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3342.0.0dBWAS-1714
10.1787Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
26.6.1788Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3557.0.0dBWAS-1714
20.5.1789Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1790Paid offBWAS-1714
5.1791Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1791Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £3773.0.0dBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid offBWAS-1714
9.1791Paid off and recommissionedBWAS-1714
2.11.1791Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
1.6.1794Glorious 1st of June
23.6.1795Action of Ile Groix
3.1797Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
8.10.1797Took a small privateer in the West IndiesBWAS-1714
2.4.1799Took an 8-gun privateer schoonerBWAS-1714
1800In ordinary?BWAS-1714
7.1809Began large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
4.1811Completed large repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1812Took the Privateer L'Aimable d'Hervilly in the Baltic
1813In the South AtlanticBWAS-1714
4.1816Paid off at DeptfordBWAS-1714
9.1816Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


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Posted by Charles on Thursday 24th of July 2014 18:30

Plymouth, September 6, 1794

Earl Howe’s [Grand] Fleet hove into sight of this harbour early yesterday morning: the night preceding, they fell in with 18 sail of homeward bound East Indiamen off Dartmouth, who ran foul of several of the fleet, and slightly damaged them, which obliged his Lordship to bear up for Torbay, in order to have his disabled ships refitted. - The AQUILON and MELAMPUS Frigates belonging to the fleet, have received the greatest damage, the former arrived here yesterday with her bowsprit sprung, and fore-top-mast carried away - the latter was towed into the Sound this afternoon by the RUSSEL man of war, with the loss of her bowsprit and Foremast. The AQUILON got in a new bowsprit this morning, and her repairs are expected to be complete in the course of the day.

Torbay, Sept 6 1794

Yesterday evening arrived and came to an anchor the Grand Fleet, under the command of Earl Howe; also the TRITON East Indiaman, towed in by VENERABLE man of war, having run foul of the LATONA frigate, and knocked away her bow-sprit and forestays, and carried away all her lower masts.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 29th of July 2012 22:37

28 June 1794 Aquilon 32 cap Robert Stopford at Portsmouth

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