Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
How acquiredPurchased on the StocksBWAS-1793
ShipyardCuckolds Point - Rotherhithe BWAS-1793
Constructor John Brent (1729-1812)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Burthen390Tons BM 


6.1804Broadside Weight = 225 Imperial Pound ( 102.0375 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 24-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 9-Pounder

2 Commanding Officers

6.1804 - 1810Commander Thomas WhiteBWAS-17931811 - 8.10.1812Commander Urry JohnsonBWAS-1793

2 Commissioned Officers

9.3.1810 - 4.1810Lieutenant Samuel Bromley (d.1845)NBD184911.11.1811 - 8.10.1812Lieutenant John Bendyshe (1791-?)NBD1849

Service History

14.4.1806Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
1807At HalifaxBWAS-1793
3.5.1808Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
1809In the BalticBWAS-1793
2.1809Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
4.1809Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
11.5.1810Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
26.3.1811Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
19.5.1812Sailed for NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
8.10.1812Wrecked in St John's harbourBWAS-1793


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Posted by AvM on Friday 21st of July 2017 21:21

"Ships Employed in the South Seas Trade 1775-1961"
Data form BT 107

'Thames' ship
Registeed London #207 on 1 Jun 1804
Built at King's and Queen'S Dock, Rotherhithe, 14 Dec 1803
2 decks 3 masts 403 64/94bm 110ft x29ft5in x 5ft10in
square stern ship, flush deck, no gallery, hilled head
owner William Mellish, Shadwell Dock, merchant
master John Hemmons from 1 Jun 1804

Posted by AvM on Friday 21st of July 2017 21:16

Collection of Interesting and Important Reports and Papers on the Navigation and Trade ...
London 1807

P.E.Mestaer, Rotherhithe
launched 14 Dec 1803 a ship Thames of 374bm
for South Seas (but now a sloop of war).

Posted by AvM on Friday 21st of July 2017 12:05

Papers Respecting The Navy, Presented In Pursuance Of Addresses of the House of Lords to His Majesty.
Navy Office, 18th March 1805

HMS Avenger was purchased form William Mellish
as 'Thames' was 2 years old and has 404bm
was purchased for £8,400
moreover £1,885 were spent to fitting the ship at King'S Yard.

So she was not purchased on stock!!!

Posted by Brian Stephens on Tuesday 1st of April 2014 17:40

Feb 5, 1813 Edinburgh Advertiser p. 4

Friday, a court martial was assembled on board the Gladiator, for trial of Capt. Johnson, his officers, and ships company for the loss of his Majesty's ship Avenger, in the narrows of St. Johns Harbour, Newfoundland. She was running in from sea, with a hard wind, and close to the north side, to avoid the Pancasta Rock, when a sudden flow of wind nearly stopped her way, by which, with the strong current setting out she was thrown on shore close to the Chain Rock. Every effort was made to haul her off, assisted by the Captains and ships companies of the Comet, Hazard, Nimrod, and Odonis; but. by 9 o'clock, the following morning, she was wholly under water. The Court agreed that there was no blame imputable to the said Capt. Johnson, her Commander, his Officers and ships company, and did adjudge them to be acquitted. Rear Admiral Hargood, President.

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