Nominal Guns38BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down23.8.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardBristol - England BWAS-1714
Ship ClassMinerva ClassBWAS-1714
Designed by Edward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
Constructor James Martin HillhouseBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up5.1814BWAS-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 


10.4.1781Broadside Weight = 390.5 Imperial Pound ( 177.0921 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck14 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck6 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
6.11.1778270Design Complement

10 Ship Commanders

28.3.1781 - 25.3.1783CaptainSir Richard Pearson (1730/31-1806) ADM 6/22/268BWAS-171410.5.1790 - 28.2.1793Captain John Stanhope (c.1744-1800) Transfered ADM 6/24/26BWAS-17146.9.1793 - 21.12.1793CaptainThe Hon. Seymour Finch (1758-1794) ADM 6/24/266BWAS-171421.12.1793 - 4.1795CaptainSir Edward Pellew (1757-1833) ADM 6/24/292BWAS-17144.1795 - 3.1796Captain Mark Robinson (1753-1834)ref:7193.1796 - 8.1801CaptainSir Thomas WolleyBWAS-17148.1801 - 1802Captain James Bowen (1751-1835)BWAS-17144.1805 - 9.1808Captain Charles Brisbane (1769-1829)BWAS-17149.1808 - 1811CaptainSir Robert Mends (d.1823)BWAS-17141811 - 1813Captain Francis Holmes CoffinBWAS-1714

3 Commissioned Officers

17.11.1797 - 29.4.1799Lieutenant Frederick William Burgoyne (1778-1848)NBD18491799Lieutenant Joseph Salvador MoriencourtTNC1806First Lieutenant John Parish (d.1837)DAR-1837

5 Petty Officers

5.1805 - 10.1807Midshipman John Henry BellairsNBD18497.1805 - 1806Master's Mate Edward Boxer (1784-?)NBD18491806 - 10.1808Midshipman John Williams Aldridge (1794-1875)NL18659.1808 - 20.3.1809Midshipman George Back (1796-?)NBD184911.1809 - 1811Midshipman James BurneyNBD1849

1 Crewman

27.9.1805 - 18061st Class Volunteer John Williams Aldridge (1794-1875)NL1865

Service History

10.4.1781building at Bristol - England at a cost of £12178.1.2dBWAS-1714
10.1781Began refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1714
11.1781Completed refitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £5368.4.9dBWAS-1714
12.12.17812nd Battle of Ushant

Arrived at Spithead

14.1.1782Took the Unrated Le Hardi (12) BG
17.2.1782Took the Brig La Jeune Olympe (14) BWAS-1714
24.2.1782Took the Cutter Le Tartare (14) BWAS-1714
17.4.1782Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1714
20.8.1782Took the Corvette Le Thorn (14) after a chase of 25 hoursBG

Paid off at Portsmouth

6.1790Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
8.1790Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £5034.0.0dBWAS-1714
6.1792Began great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
1.1794Completed great repair at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £21978.0.0dBWAS-1714
23.4.1794Action of 1794-04-23
23.4.1794Took the Corvette Le Babet (24)
23.8.1794Destruction of the Volontaire
21.10.1794Capture of the Révolutionnaire
21.10.1794Took the Frigate Le Révolutionnaire (36)
9.2.1796Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
2.1797At TrinidadBWAS-1714
20.8.1797Took the Corvette La Gaité (20) BG
1.4.1800Took the Cutter Le Général Bernadotte (14) BG
12.4.1801Took the Lugger Le Brave (14) BG
27.7.1801Took the Ship L'Invention (24) at 43°03' N, 11°42' W, off Cape Ortegal MHVA
2.1805Began repairs at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
6.1805Completed repairs at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £14148.0.0dBWAS-1714
12.12.1805Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
1806Grounded on the ColoradosBWAS-1714
1.1.1807Present at the capture of CuracaoBWAS-1714
23.8.1808Took the Frigate Pomona (34) off Havana
26.11.1808Took the Brig Le Général Ernouf (16) BG
5.4.1809Capture of the Niémen
17.3.1810Took the Schooner La Levrette (4) BG
21.11.1811Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1714
5.1814Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1714


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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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