Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorThe Royal Navy
Keel Laid Down1779/08/23BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBristol BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMinerva Class
Designed byEdward HuntBWAS-1714
ConstructorJames Martin HillhouseBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up1814/05BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck141' 1 ½"Imperial Feet42.9895
Length of Keel116' 10 ⅝"Imperial Feet35.3727
Breadth39' 0 ½"Imperial Feet11.8999
Depth in Hold13' 9 ½"Imperial Feet3.9751
Burthen947 6394Tons BM


1781/04/10Broadside Weight = 390.5 Imperial Pound ( 177.0921 kg) BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck6British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1778/11/06270Design Complement 


1781/031783/01CaptainSir Richard PearsonBWAS-1714
1790/051790CaptainJohn StanhopeBWAS-1714
17931794/01CaptainThe Hon. Seymour FinchBWAS-1714
1794/011795/04CaptainSir Edward PellewBWAS-1714
1795/041796/03Captain BWAS-1714
1796/031801/08CaptainSir Thomas WolleyBWAS-1714
1801/081802CaptainJames BowenBWAS-1714
1805/041808/09CaptainCharles BrisbaneBWAS-1714
1808/091811CaptainSir Robert MendsBWAS-1714
18111813CaptainFrancis Holmes CoffinBWAS-1714

Commissioned Officers

1797/11/171799/04/29LieutenantFrederick William BurgoyneNBD1849
17991799LieutenantJoseph Salvador MoriencourtTNC
18061806First LieutenantJohn ParishDAR-1837

Petty Officers

1805/051807/10MidshipmanJohn Henry BellairsNBD1849
1805/071806Master's MateEdward BoxerNBD1849
18061808/10MidshipmanJohn Williams AldridgeNL1865
1808/091809/03/20MidshipmanGeorge BackNBD1849
1809/111811MidshipmanJames BurneyNBD1849


1805/09/2718061st Class VolunteerJohn Williams AldridgeNL1865

Service History

DateEvent Source
1781/04/10building at Bristol at a cost of £12178.1.2dBWAS-1714
1781/10Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1781/11Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard at a cost of £5368.4.9dBWAS-1714
1781/12/122nd Battle of Ushant 
1782/04/17Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
1783/01Paid off at PortsmouthBWAS-1714
1790/06Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1790/08Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £5034.0.0dBWAS-1714
1792/06Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
1794/01Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £21978.0.0dBWAS-1714
1794/04/23Took the Sixth Rate Corvette Le Babet  
1794/04/23Action of 1794-04-23 
1794/08/23Destruction of the Volontaire 
1794/10/21Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Révolutionnaire  
1794/10/21Capture of the Révolutionnaire 
1796/02/09Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
1797/02At TrinidadBWAS-1714
1805/02Began repairs at Deptford Dockyard BWAS-1714
1805/06Completed repairs at Deptford Dockyard at a cost of £14148.0.0dBWAS-1714
1805/12/12Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1806Grounded on the ColoradosBWAS-1714
1807/01/01Present at the capture of CuracaoBWAS-1714
1808/08/23Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Pomona off Havana 
1809/04/05Capture of the Niémen 
1811/11/21Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1814/05Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook
DAR-1837 Dodsley's Anual Register - 1837 Digital Book
NL1865 The Navy List 1865The AdmiraltyDigital Book
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Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 13th of January 2017 19:50

Circa Feb 1800 Lieut. Norman, late of the Cormorant, is appointed to the Arethusa38.

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