Xenophon -> 1801 Investigator

Nominal Guns20BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyBritish Merchant collier 'Fram' (1795)
ShipyardSunderland - Durham BWAS-1793
Ship TypeArmed Vessel BWAS-1793
Sold for Break Up11.1810BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Length of Gundeck100' 5"Imperial Feet30.607 
Breadth28' 5"Imperial Feet8.5503 
Burthen334Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 4"Imperial Feet30.5816 
Length of Keel77' 8"Imperial Feet23.4986 
Breadth28' 5"Imperial Feet8.5503 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen333 6894Tons BM 


8.1798Broadside Weight = 306 Imperial Pound ( 138.771 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 32-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 18-Pound Carronade

1801Broadside Weight = 54.5 Imperial Pound ( 24.7158 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck2 British 18-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.179880 BWAS-1793

3 Commanding Officers

16.2.1801 - 1803CommanderMathew Flinders (1774-1814)BWAS-17931805CommanderWilliam Kent (d.1812)BWAS-17931805 - 1.1806LieutenantJohn Houston (d.1811)BWAS-1793

Service History

4.1798Purchased at Unknown at a cost of £2900.0.0dBWAS-1793
27.4.1798Began fitting at Northfleet - Kent BWAS-1793
23.5.1798Refitted as a 18 gun Unrated Unknown
24.5.1798Completed fitting at Northfleet - Kent at a cost of £3059.0.0dBWAS-1793
24.5.1798Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
6.8.1798Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3143.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.1800Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
1801Renamed InvestigatorB028
2.1801Refitted as a 8 gun Unrated Discovery Vessel
3.1801Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £2310.0.0dBWAS-1793
18.7.1801Sailed for New Holland (Australia)EWIKI
6.12.1801Arrived at Cape LeeuwinEWIKI
16.1.1802Commissioned for the exploration of AustraliaBWAS-1793
8.4.1802Met with the French corvette Géographe in Encounter BayEWIKI
6.1803Condemned and brought homeBWAS-1793
1.1806Paid off into ordinary at PlymouthBWAS-1793


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