Belle Poule

Nominal Guns38BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fifth Rate frigate 'La Belle Poule' (1802) (40)
First Commissioned3.1808BWAS-1793
ShipyardBasse-Indre - Nantes
Ship ClassVirginie Class
Designed byJean Marguerite Tupinier (1779-1850)
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck151' 6"Imperial Feet46.0248 
Length of Keel127' 7 ⅝"Imperial Feet38.7255 
Breadth39' 11"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold13' 4"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Burthen1,076 6494Tons BM 


3.1808Broadside Weight = 517 Imperial Pound ( 234.4595 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck14 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1808284 BWAS-1793

5 Commanding Officers

3.1808 - 7.1812CaptainJames Brisbane (1774-1826)BWAS-17937.1812 - 8.1812CaptainHenry Whitby (d.1812)BWAS-17938.1812 - 1814CaptainGeorge Harris (d.1837)BWAS-17931814 - 6.1814CommanderEdward WilliamsBWAS-179327.6.1814 - 1815CommanderFrancis Baker (d.1823)BWAS-1793

4 Commissioned Officers

19.3.1808 - 23.1.1809LieutenantThomas Cull (d.1846)NBD184913.11.1810 - 16.9.1815LieutenantRobert Ball BoardmanNBD18492.1811 - 8.8.1811LieutenantThomas BoardmanNBD184922.8.1814 - 1815First LieutenantJohn Bendyshe (1791-?)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

1.1812 - 6.1813MidshipmanPhilip BondNBD1849

Service History

19.5.1806Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
16.9.1806Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
16.5.1808Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
15.6.1808Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
15.2.1809Attacked the French storeship Var, 26, moored under the guns of Valona, on the Albanian coast, and cut her out with very little trouble. The guns ashore did not open fire.TRN5
15.2.1809Took the Storeship Le Var (26) at Valona, on the Albanian coast
21.3.1810Capture of Santa Maura
21.3.1810Capture of Santa Maura
11.12.1810Took the Brig Pylade (14)
5.5.1811Attack on Parenzo
11.12.1811Took the Brig La Carlotta (10)
1812In the ChannelBWAS-1793
3.4.1813Took the Schooner Grand Napoleon (22)
11.5.1813Took the Schooner Revenge
14.12.1813Took the Privateer Squirrel (2)
4.1814Operations in the Gironde, various works commanding the river were entered and destroyed by a force under Captain George HarrisTRN5
6.1814Refitted as a 20 gun Unrated Troop Ship
8.1814Began fitting as a Troopship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
9.1814Completed fitting as a Troopship at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
14.12.1814Battle of Lake Borgne
1815Refitted as a Unrated Prison Ship
11.6.1816Sold for £2,700BWAS-1793


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