Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1804BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardDeptford - London BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed byWilliam Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJohn Dudman (1750-1817)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
Broken Up3.1821BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 0"Imperial Feet30.48 
Length of Keel77' 3 ½"Imperial Feet23.4823 
Breadth30' 6"Imperial Feet9.2964 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward6' 6"Imperial Feet1.9812 
Displacement11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen382 4194Tons BM 


2.2.1805Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

8.1805 - 22.1.1806CommanderMathew ForsterBWAS-179322.1.1806 - 28.6.1810CommanderMathew Barton Bradby (d.1831)BWAS-179328.6.1810 - 22.7.1812CommanderHenry WeirBWAS-179322.7.1812 - 7.6.1814CommanderThomas GroubeBWAS-17936.1814 - 1816CommanderCharles Hope ReidBWAS-17931816LieutenantJohn SissonBWAS-1793

Service History

11.2.1805Began fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
16.5.1805Completed fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
17.7.1805Action off Calais

Captured , off the Coast of Jutland , a Danish Privateer of 10 guns, and destroyed another vessel of the same description .

6.7.1812Action of 1812-07-06
1817In Ordinary at ChathamBWAS-1793
3.1821Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1793


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 8th of January 2020 05:31

18 Jul 1805 Calypso Commander Mathew Forster received a severe shoulder wound during the action and had to give up command of Calypso.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Wednesday 8th of January 2020 05:28

14 June 1811 Commander Henry Weir captured the Danish privateer Nayahada off the coast of Jutland and destroyed another. Both were armed with ten guns.

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