Nominal Guns20BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench corvette 'La Bacchante' (1795) (18)
First Commissioned11.1803BWAS-1793
ShipyardHonfleur - Normandy BWAS-1793
Designed byCharles-Henri Tellier (d.1746)BWAS-1793
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypePost Ship BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck131' 6"Imperial Feet39.9337 
Length of Keel111' 8 ⅛"Imperial Feet33.836 
Breadth32' 10 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold14' 8 ¾"Imperial Feet4.2863 
Burthen642Tons BM 


11.1803Broadside Weight = 300 Imperial Pound ( 136.05 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 32-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
11.1803175 BWAS-1793

4 Commanding Officers

11.1803 - 5.7.1805CaptainCharles Dashwood (1765-1847)BWAS-17935.7.1805 - 8.1806CaptainRandall M'DonnellBWAS-17938.1806 - 6.10.1807CaptainJames Richard Dacres (1788-1853)BWAS-17936.10.1807 - 1809CaptainSamuel Hood Inglefield (1783-1847)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

12.1803 - 1806LieutenantJohn CampbellNBD1849

Service History

23.7.1803Arrived at PlymouthBWAS-1793
10.1803Began fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
2.1804Completed fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
6.1804Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
3.4.1805Took the Cutter Elizabet (10) off Havanna
5.4.1805Boat attack on Marieb, CubaBWAS-1793
14.5.1805Took the Privateer Felix (6) off Havanna
18.11.1805Took the Privateer Los Dos Azares (2)
29.8.1806Cut out three Spanish armed vessels from Santa Marta, ColumbiaBWAS-1793
4.2.1807Took the Schooner Dauphin (3)
13.9.1807Took the Privateer Amor de la Patria (3)
11.5.1808Took the Brig-Corvette Le Griffon (16) near cape St Anthony


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 26th of December 2018 06:08

29 August 1806 Bacchante20 Captain James Richard Dacres, cruising off Santa-Martha on the Spanish main, sent her boats, under the command of Lieutenant George Norton, assisted by John Howard the gunner, master's mates Henry Overend and Joseph Birch, lieutenant of marines John M. Pilcher, William Leriche purser, and Robert Burnett the carpenter, to attempt the capture or destruction of some Spanish vessels at anchor in the harbour.

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