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Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1804BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardChapel - Southampton BWAS-1793
Ship ClassArcher ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by
William RuleBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1778-1813
Robert AdamsBritish
Ship Builder
Ship TypeGun-brig BWAS-1793
Danish brig 'Attack' (1812) (12) 1812-1812
Danish 12 Gun
Unrated Brig


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck80' 1 ¾"Imperial Feet24.4031 
Length of Keel65' 11 ¼"Imperial Feet19.8184 
Breadth22' 8"Imperial Feet6.8072 
Depth in Hold9' 5"Imperial Feet2.8702 
Burthen180 1894Tons BM 


9.8.1804Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 18-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.180050Design Complement

2 Ship Commanders

8.1804 - 1810Lieutenant
Thomas SwainBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1802-1810
7.1812 - 19.8.1812Lieutenant
Richard William SimmondsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1812

Service History

10.8.1804Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
15.9.1804Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
28.1.1806Took the Lugger
Le Voltigeur (14) 1806-1806
French 14 Gun
Privateer Lugger
28.1.1806Took the Lugger
Le Sorcier (14) 1805-1806
French 14 Gun
Privateer Lugger
off Brest
19.4.1806Attack on a French shore BatteryW005
28.7.1809Expedition to the Scheldt
16.8.1812Taken by the Danish in the Kattegat

Notes on Ship

Attack on a shore batteryW005
On the 19th of April, as the Colpoys, commanded by Lieutenant [Thomas Usher], was standing along-shore between the Grognans and Isle Groix, in company with the gun-brig Attack, Lieutenant [Thomas Swaine], two chasse-marees were perceived at anchor at the entrance of the river Douillan; but which, on the approach of the two brigs, got under way and stood up the river.

Finding it necessary to silence a two-gun battery before the boats could get to the chasse-marees, Lieutenant [Thomas Usher|Usher], with 12 men from each brig, landed, and, after a short skirmish, got possession of, and spiked, the two guns, which were long 12-pounders. Lieutenant [Thomas Usher|Usher] afterwards brought the vessels down the river, and destroyed the signal-post of Douillan; accomplishing the whole of this daring and important service without the slightest loss, or any greater damage to the two brigs than that done to their standing and running rigging, while engaged with the battery previously to its destruction by the two boats' crews.


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