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Nominal Guns20BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1775BWAS-1714
First Commissioned20.12.1776BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardChatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
Ship ClassSphinx Class (1773)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1784
William PownallBritish
Ship Builder
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeShipBWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck108' 0"Imperial Feet32.9184 
Length of Keel89' 8"Imperial Feet27.1498 
Breadth30' 1"Imperial Feet9.1694 
Depth in Hold9' 8"Imperial Feet2.9464 
Draught Forward7' 4"Imperial Feet2.2352 
Draught Aft11' 8"Imperial Feet3.556 
Burthen431 6094Tons BM 


27.12.1776Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder

1793Broadside Weight = 98 Imperial Pound ( 44.443 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck20 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 British 4-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1773140Design Complement
1793160 BWAS-1714
1794155 BWAS-1714

19 Ship Commanders

20.12.1776 - 6.11.1779Captain
Thomas PringleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1760-1801
ADM 6/21/244
6.11.1779 - 25.4.1781Captain
Mathew SquireBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1799
Transfered ADM 6/22/46
25.4.1781 - 30.11.1781Captain
Sir John Borlase Warren (1st Baronet of Little Marlow)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1804
30.11.1781 - 23.12.1782Captain
Arthur PhillipBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1761-1814
Transfered ADM 6/22/375
4.1783 - 1784Captain
Joseph EllisonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1818
4.4.1783 - 10.4.1783Captain
Jonathon FaulknorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1808
Transfered ADM 6/23/45
ADM 6/23
31.10.1783 - 1783Captain
William Henry DouglasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1808
ADM 6/23/158
ADM 6/23
1784 - 30.10.1787Captain
Samuel OsbornBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1814
John Oakes HardyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1806
ADM 6/24/88
ADM 6/24
25.1.1793 - 1.1794Captain
Thomas Revell ShiversBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
ADM 6/24/197
20.1.1794 - 8.1794Captain
Charles William PatersonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1837
11.8.1794 - 4.1795Captain
Robert Gambier MiddletonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1832
21.4.1795 - 3.1796Captain
Robert PlampinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1825
3.1796 - 4.1797Captain
Henry Lidgbird BallBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1814
4.1797 - 1800Captain
James BradbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1801
28.7.1801 - 28.9.1802Captain
Patrick CampbellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1830
11.1803 - 1805Captain
Charles Fullerton ElphinstoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1807
1805 - 5.1806Captain
Edward KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1807
5.1806 - 23.2.1809Captain
Arthur FarquharBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1798-1818

1 Flag Officer

1787 - 30.10.1787Commodore
Herbert SawyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1794

2 Commissioned Officers

22.11.1790 - 17.4.1791Lieutenant
Caesar CorsellisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1791
Transfered ADM 6/24/92
ADM 6/24
14.11.1803 - 27.9.1804Lieutenant
Frederick William BurgoyneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1846

2 Warrant Officers

1791 - 16.2.1791Boatswain
John BanksBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791
ADM 6/24/108
ADM 6/24
17.2.1791 - 1791Boatswain
Patrick RoweBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1791
ADM 6/24/108
ADM 6/24

1 Petty Officer

9.1801 - 3.9.1805Midshipman
Charles James BeartBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1815

2 Crewmen

28.8.1797 - 1798Boy
Henry BourchierBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1846
12.12.1797 - 8.18001st Class Volunteer
Thomas BradbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1816

Service History

5.1775Began building at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
27.12.1776Completed building at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £11179.4.4dBWAS-1714
27.12.1776Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
23.2.1777Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
27.3.1777Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
5.6.1777Took the Schooner
Mosquito 1775-1777
American Unrated Schooner

29.11.1777Took the Privateer
Johnston 1777-1777
American Privateer Unknown

9.3.1778Took the Ship
Alfred (30) 1775-1778
American 30 Gun
Unrated Ship

14.12.1778Battle of St. Lucia
6.7.1779Battle of Grenada
2.1780Began refitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
3.1780Completed refitting at a cost of £3418.18.3dBWAS-1714
30.4.1780Action of 30th April 1780
14.6.1780Took the Frigate
La Princesse de Robecq (20) 1778-1780
French 20 Gun
Privateer Frigate
in the North Sea

30.6.1782Took the Frigate
Le Robecq (18) 1780-1782
French 18 Gun
Unrated Frigate

3.4.1783Paid offADM 34
21.12.1783Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714

Paid off

1792great repair at Northam - Devon at a cost of £12286.12.5dBWAS-1714
8.1792Began repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
9.1792Completed repairs at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4892.0.0dBWAS-1714
1793Refitted as a 24 gun Sixth Rate Ship
13.5.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
7.1795Nelson's squadron off GenoaBWAS-1714
13.7.1795Battle of Hyeres
8.1795Nelson's squadron off VadoBWAS-1714
3.1796In the North SeaBWAS-1714
5.1798At OstendBWAS-1714
28.9.1802Paid offBWAS-1714
10.1803Began fitting at UnknownBWAS-1714
12.1803Completed fittingBWAS-1714
17.7.1805Action off Calais
5.1806In the North SeaBWAS-1714
10.2.1807Took the Privateer
Le Chasseur (2) 1806-1807
French 2 Gun
Privateer Unknown

7.1.1808Took the Lugger
Le Trente-et-Quarante (16) 1807-1808
French 16 Gun
Privateer Lugger
8.1.1808Took the Lugger
L'Eglé (20) 1808-1808
French 20 Gun
Privateer Lugger
off Flamborough
4.10.1808Took the Privateer
Hoevhesen (4) 1808-1808
Danish 4 Gun
Privateer Unknown


Paid off

ADM 35
2.1810Laid up at ChathamBWAS-1714
7.8.1814Sold at Chatham for £1,400BWAS-1714


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
14.5.1798-20.5.1798Raid on Ostend
Home Riggs PophamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1820

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 20th of February 2018 13:33

Circa 24 Dec 1803 last week a court martial was held on board the Ariadne, in Sheerness harbour, upon D Madden, a marine from the Hound, for drunkenness, disobedience, wounding the pilot, and attempting to strike a midshipman. The charges being in part approved he was sentenced to 250 lashes. J Clark, a private marine, for having prevaricated in his evidence was given 3 months in prison.

Posted by Brian Stephens on Thursday 24th of April 2014 21:18

The Edinburgh Magazine, and Literary Miscellany: 1778
Capt. Pringle of His Majesty's ship Ariadne, to Adm. Young, Carli?ls Bay, March 18, 1778
I have the honour to acquaint you, that, early in the morning of the 9th instant, I saw two sail to the eastward; whom I chased, having His Majesty's sloop Ceres in company. The two strangers at first showed a disposition to attack us, but, in consequence of the King's ships having brought the sternmost to close action about noon, the other made off. The ship in action, after having given to and received from the Ariadne and Ceres some broadsides, struck, and proved to be the rebel ship Alfred of 20 nine pounders and 180 men. Her consort was the Raleigh of 32 guns; whom with the utmost dispatch we made sail after, and chased from that time until ten o'clock next day. But finding that we did not come up with her, and that she was throwing everything over
board to lighten, we left off chase. The two rebel cruisers had been at Port Le Orient in France to fit out; and came here to cruise for the English and Irish convoys having take the coast of Guinea in their way. They had taken no vessels since theri leaving France.

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