Cambrian

3475
Nominal Guns40BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered30.4.1795BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down9.1795BWAS-1793
Launched13.2.1797BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor George Parsons (1729-1812)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Wrecked31.1.1828BWAS-1793

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck154' 0"Imperial Feet46.9392 
Length of Keel128' 3 ½"Imperial Feet39.0271 
Breadth41' 3"Imperial Feet12.573 
Depth in Hold14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Draught Forward10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Draught Aft15' 10"Imperial Feet4.572 
Burthen1.161 1494Tons BM 

Armament


4.1797Broadside Weight = 518 Imperial Pound ( 234.913 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck8 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

1799Broadside Weight = 587 Imperial Pound ( 266.2045 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

1805Broadside Weight = 503 Imperial Pound ( 228.1105 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck2 British 9-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle4 British 9-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1797320 BWAS-1793

8 Ship Commanders


DatesRankNameSource
4.1797 - 5.1797CaptainSir Thomas Williams (1761-1841)BWAS-17935.1797 - 1801CaptainThe Hon. Arthur Kaye Legge (1766-1835)BWAS-17935.1802 - 10.1804Captain William BentleyBWAS-179310.1804 - 1807Captain John Poo Beresford (1767-1844)BWAS-17931807 - 1810Captain Richard Budd Vincent (c.1770-1831)BWAS-17931810 - 13.12.1810Captain Francis William Fane (d.1844)BWAS-17931.1.1811 - 10.12.1811Captain Charles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD18497.1820 - 31.1.1828Captain Gawen William HamiltonBWAS-1793

2 Flag Officers


DatesRankNameSource
c.25.4.1802 - c.30.5.1802Admiral of the White Mark Milbanke (1724-1805) DischargedBWAS-17937.1802 - 3.1803Vice-Admiral of the White Andrew Mitchell (1757-1806)BWAS-1793

10 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
23.4.1797 - 11.4.1798Third Lieutenant Thomas Bladen Capel (1776-1853)NAO24.3.1798 - 6.5.1802Lieutenant Philip Carteret (1777-1828)ref:61622.7.1803 - 30.8.1803Acting Lieutenant William Bowles (1780-1869)NBD184930.8.1803 - 1804Lieutenant William Bowles (1780-1869)NBD184923.4.1807 - 27.5.1808First Lieutenant William BlackNBD18493.1809 - 2.1.1810Acting Lieutenant Benjamin Baynton (1789-1854)NBD18492.1.1810 - 25.1.1812Lieutenant Benjamin Baynton (1789-1854)NBD184912.6.1825 - 7.1825Lieutenant Henry BullNBD18497.12.1825 - 24.10.1827Lieutenant Stephen Lushington (1803-1877)W02510.1827 - 31.1.1828Lieutenant Charles Bell Bell (1797-1844)NBD1849

7 Petty Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
4.1797 - 2.1799Midshipman Duncombe Pleydall Bouverie (1780-?)NBD18492.1799 - 6.9.1799Midshipman Frederick Bedford (1779-?)BWAS-17931805Midshipman Henry Fage BelsonNBD18491808 - 8.1809Midshipman Jospeh Bage Boultbee (1791-1865)NBD18491812 - 16.2.1815Midshipman John Adams (d.1866)NBD18497.1827 - 31.1.1828Midshipman James Crawford Caffin (1812-1883)NBD18497.1827 - 31.1.1828Midshipman James Crawford Caffin (1812-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
6.1802 - 1.18041st Class Volunteer Stephen BriggsNBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
9.1795Began building at Bursledon - Hampshire BWAS-1793
13.2.1797Completed building at Bursledon - Hampshire at a cost of £17592.0.0dBWAS-1793
13.2.1797Began fitting for sea at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
16.6.1797Completed fitting for sea at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £11974.0.0dBWAS-1793
4.1.1798Took the Privateer Le Vengeur (12) in the Channel
27.3.1798Took the Privateer Le César (16) in the Channel after a cruise of 35 days from BrestBG
30.3.1798Took the Privateer Le Pont de Lodi (16) in the ChannelBG
19.10.1798Took the Privateer La Revanche in the Channel
8.12.1798Took the Brig La Cantabré (14) in the Channel
9.1.1799

Arrived at Plymouth from a cruise

TNC
5.5.1800Took the Brig-Corvette Le Dragon (14) in the ChannelBG
6.4.1801Took the Privateer L'Audacieux (14)
2.1805In BermudaTRN5
13.6.1805Took the Privateer Maria (14)
3.7.1805Took the Schooner La Matilda (10) on the Floridan coast
25.4.1806Off New York with Leander (52) and Driver (18) when Leander fired the Leander fired twice at an American coaster, the Richard. The second shot struck the taffrail and drove a splinter upon the master's brother, John Pierce, killing him on the spot.TRN5
4.1807Began refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.1807Completed refitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £13483.0.0dBWAS-1793
10.1810Completed fitting for sea at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £7310.0.0dBWAS-1793
13.12.1810Landing at Palamos
5.1813Began middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
9.1814Laid upBWAS-1793
9.1814Completed middling repair at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £33728.0.0dBWAS-1793
7.1820Began fitting for sea at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
20.10.1827Battle of Navarino
30.1828Wrecked off Grabusa after a collision with Isis (50) while in combat with pirate schoonersBWAS-1793
31.1.1828Action at Grabusa

 

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Posted by Adam Quigley on Thursday 22nd of January 2015 11:43

May 1811. The Cambrian was the first british ship to fire on the french at the siege of Tarragona, Firing broadsides for 3 hours the ship came in so close to the beach that the hull scraped the bottom.
NA ADM 7/44 f320-325 letter Charles Bullen to Capitan Edward Codrington 8 may 1811.

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