Blanche

3323
Nominal Guns36BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered18.1.1799BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down2.1800BWAS-1793
Launched2.10.1800BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1793
Ship ClassApollo ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn Dudman (1750-1817)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Captured19.7.1805BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck145' 1"Imperial Feet44.196 
Length of Keel121' 9 ½"Imperial Feet36.8935 
Breadth38' 3 ¾"Imperial Feet11.6015 
Depth in Hold13' 3"Imperial Feet3.9624 
Draught Forward10' 5"Imperial Feet3.048 
Draught Aft14' 1"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen950 8694Tons BM 

Armament


2.10.1800Broadside Weight = 476 Imperial Pound ( 215.866 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle4 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1798264Design Complement

3 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
12.1800 - 5.1802CaptainGraham Eden Hamond (1779-1862)BWAS-179329.4.1802 - 9.1802CaptainBarrington Dacres (d.1806)BWAS-17939.1802 - 19.7.1805CaptainZachariah Mudge (1770-1852)ODNB

1 Commissioned Officer


DatesRankNameSource
1807 - 4.3.1807LieutenantWilliam Apreece (d.1859)NBD1849

3 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1803 - 1805MidshipmanMaurice Frederick Fitzhardinge Berkeley (1788-1867)NBD18496.1803 - 12.1803Master's MateEdward Henry A'Court (1783-1855)NBD18491804 - 19.7.1805MidshipmanJacon Ley YoungNBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
11.2.1803 - 18041st Class VolunteerJacon Ley YoungNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
4.11.1800The Blanche's launch under Master's Mate John Smith, had attacked and carried a privateer schooner of one gun and thirty menTRN5
6.11.1800A boat ... under Midshipman Edward Henry A'Court with eight men had boarded and captured a French schooner with over thirty French soldiers on board. A'Court had only five or six muskets among his men, as he had been sent to get sand, and when on such errands, to prevent rash enterprises, the seamen were not allowed to carry arms. The soldiers appear to have been seasick, which may explain a most astonishing affair.TRN5
2.12.1800Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
1801Expedition to the BalticBWAS-1793
17.1.1801Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
2.4.1801Battle of Copenhagen
1802Royal escort at WeymouthBWAS-1793
8.1802Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
1.1803Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
3.11.1803Capture of the Albion
4.11.1803Took the Cutter L'Albion (2) by boats
2.1804At CuracaoBWAS-1793
21.10.1804Took the Schooner La Gracieuse (14) off Curacao
5.4.1805Took the Privateer Le Hasard (6)
9.4.1805Took the Schooner L'Amitié (14)
19.7.1805Capture of the Blanche
19.7.1805Taken by La Topaze (40) in the Atlantic off Porto


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
TRN5The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
 

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