Nominal Guns22BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Privateer corvette 'Le Brave' (1797) (22)
First Commissioned12.1798BWAS-1793
ShipyardNantes - Brittany BWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypePost Ship BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck109' 11"Imperial Feet33.226 
Length of Keel88' 10"Imperial Feet26.8224 
Breadth32' 8 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold14' 3"Imperial Feet4.2863 
Burthen505 4894Tons BM 


12.1798Broadside Weight = 122 Imperial Pound ( 55.327 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

6 Commanding Officers

12.1798 - 11.1.1799CommanderPeter SpicerBWAS-179311.1.1799 - 13.9.1800CaptainThomas Bladen Capel (1776-1853)NAO1.1801 - 1802CaptainJohn PerkinsBWAS-17931802 - 1803CaptainRobert Fanshawe (d.1804)BWAS-17938.1803 - 1804CaptainThomas Cochrane (1775-1860)BWAS-17931805 - 1810CaptainKeith Maxwell (d.1822)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

10.1806 - 14.1.1808Acting LieutenantFrancis Charles Annesley (d.1846)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

5.11.1803 - 10.12.1804Acting MasterJames Sutherland (d.1814)ADM29-1

Service History

12.5.1798Arrived at PlymouthBWAS-1793
11.1798Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793

Undocked at Plymouth

4.1799Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
23.4.1799Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
16.4.1801Occupation of St. Eustatia and Saba in the Dutch West IndiesBWAS-1793
8.1803Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
12.1803Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
17.7.1805Action off Calais
20.9.1810Sold at DeptfordBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 13th of November 2019 18:36

In early July 1799 that there was a serious outbreak of yellow fever on board Arab, something from which ten of the Ship's company would die, including its carpenter Jeremiah Driscoll. The journal of the ship's surgeon, Thomas Tappen, contains an interesting and detailed account of the symptoms these men experienced, together with his treatment for the fever, including the use of bloodletting and the administering of calomel

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