Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
First Commissioned7.1797BWAS-1793
ShipyardBayonne - Aquitaine BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop
Sailing RigBrig


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck99' 0"Imperial Feet30.1752 
Length of Keel78' 0 ⅜"Imperial Feet23.7839 
Breadth27' 3 ⅞"Imperial Feet8.2518 
Moulded Breadth26' 11 ⅞"Imperial Feet7.947 
Depth in Hold12' 2 ¼"Imperial Feet3.664 
Burthen309 8094Tons BM 


4.8.1798Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck14 British 24-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.179790 BWAS-1793

6 Commanding Officers

7.1797 - 2.10.1797LieutenantDigby Dent (d.1798)BWAS-17932.10.1797 - 11.1798CommanderDigby Dent (d.1798)BWAS-179320.8.1798 - 1.11.1799CommanderCharles Adam (1780-1853) ADM 196/3/1ADM 19612.1798 - 29.4.1802CommanderAnselm John Griffiths (d.1842)BWAS-17935.1802 - 1806CommanderJoseph Ore Masefield (d.1808)BWAS-17931807 - 12.2.1807LieutenantJohn Bowker (1770-1847)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

1.1800 - 4.1800Acting LieutenantDonat Henry O'Brien (1785-?)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

7.1783 - 2.1785MidshipmanChristopher Cole (1770-1836)ref:616

Service History

22.1.1797Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
6.1798Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
9.1798Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £6311.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.1798Paid offBWAS-1793
20.2.1799Took the Cutter Le Milan (14) in the Channel
4.12.1799Took the Ship Le Succès (6) off the Downs
1.4.1801Took the Privateer Le Héros (14) in the Channel
10.8.1801Took the Lugger L'Eveillé (2) in Quiberon Bay
25.9.1806Action off Rochefort
12.2.1807Wrecked off Île de Ré, RochefortBWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Wednesday 7th of May 2014 20:23

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 71:pt. 2 (1801).
Quiberon Bay August 14
Sir, by his Majesty's sloop Atalante (which I have sent to you being short of provisions) I enclose a journal of my proceedings and statement of the ship, by which you will see we have barely a month's provisions. Hitherto, notwithstanding all my exertions in sending the boats away armed on different occasions, and moving with the ship, I have only been able to capture one chasse maree, of 40 tons, laden with lime, not worth sending in (in which business we had the misfortune to have 1 seaman killed and 1 slightly wounded) and to destroy one, same burthan, laden with corn. Several convoys are laying at different places, ready to ship out, the largest of which (in the Morbihan) by anchoring near that place, and commanding the passages to the Westward, I have prevented moving. His Majesty's sloop Atalante has been rather more fortunate having captured three small light boats, and L'Eville armed lugger. The gallantry of this affair, to which I was an eye witness is fully mentioned in Capt. Griffiths letter

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