Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down4.1793BWAS-1793
First Commissioned10.1794BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAlcmene - Improved Pallas ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor Henry Adams (1713-1805)BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck135' 1"Imperial Feet41.1487 
Length of Keel112' 2 ⅜"Imperial Feet34.1471 
Breadth36' 9"Imperial Feet11.0109 
Depth in Hold12' 6"Imperial Feet3.7338 
Draught Forward9' 9"Imperial Feet2.9718 
Draught Aft14' 5"Imperial Feet4.299 
Burthen806 194Tons BM 


25.9.1794Broadside Weight = 324 Imperial Pound ( 146.934 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck26 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
25.9.1794241Design ComplementBWAS-1793
1796254Establishment complementBWAS-1793

6 Ship Commanders

20.10.1794 - 11.1.1798Captain John Drew (d.1798)† ADM 6/25/98BWAS-179312.1.1798 - 2.1803Captain James MacnamaraBWAS-17934.1803 - 1808Captain William Selby (d.1811)BWAS-17933.1809 - 6.1811Captain Henry Whitby (d.1812)BWAS-179314.2.1811 - 12.1811Captain Robert ClephaneBWAS-179312.1811 - 1814Captain Thomas GarthBWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers

10.1794 - 10.6.1795First Lieutenant Christopher Cole (1770-1836)ref:6166.3.1804 - 3.1808Lieutenant Richard Coote (d.1814)SOTON1809 - 3.1809First Lieutenant James DickinsonSOTON10.9.1810 - 1810Lieutenant George CumpstonSOTON2.1811 - 1.1813Lieutenant Edward Hollingworth Delafosse (1788-?)NBD184914.6.1812 - 29.3.1814Lieutenant John William Montagu (1790-1882)NBD18491.1813 - 4.1813First Lieutenant Edward Hollingworth Delafosse (1788-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman

7.6.1803 - 7.1808Able Seaman Joseph Bates (1782-1848)NBD1849

Service History

28.9.1794Began Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
1795For the Irish stationBWAS-1793
20.2.1795Completed Completed at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £17444.0.0dBWAS-1793
7.1796Took the Cutter Le Calvados (6) off the Irish Coast
28.8.1796Took the Privateer L'Indemnité (14) on the Irish Coast
5.11.1796Took the Cutter L'Hirondelle (10) in spite of having trown 6 of his gunsBG
30.12.1796Took the Privateer Le Didon (5) ref:692
11.5.1797Took the Ship La Dunkerquoise (18) in spite of having trown most of his guns overboard during the pursuitBG
12.11.1797Took the Brig-Aviso L'Epervier (16) on the Irish StationBG
14.11.1797Took the Sloop Le Renard (18) BG
1798Based in PortsmouthSOTON
9.1798Took the Privateer San Noberta
28.9.1799Captured the French letter of marque Echange (10)BWAS-1793
20.10.1799Attack on a Spanish Convoy off Capt OrtegalBWAS-1793
30.3.1800Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
1801In the West IndiesSOTON
2.1803Paid offBWAS-1793
3.1803Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
5.1803Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
13.9.1803Present at the attack on invasion craft at GranvilleBWAS-1793
21.1.1804Took the Unrated Le Chameau (4) off La Hogue
25.1.1804Captured the gun vessel Chameau (4) and drove another vessel onto the rocksBWAS-1793
2.4.1805Took the Brig Le Bonheur (14)
20.3.1806Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
15.5.1806Took the Privateer Aimable Therèse (2) BG
2.1.1807Boats from Cerberus took two privateer vessels, a schooner and a sloop, from St Puire, MartiniqueBWAS-1793
2.3.1808Took the Unrated La Marie Galante by landing party
30.3.1808Destruction of the batteries at DesiradeBWAS-1793
30.3.1808Capture of Desirade
8.1808Began large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
3.1809Completed large repair at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1793
25.7.1809Boats from the Cerberus were included in a flotilla attack on four enemy gunboats and a brig at Frederickshamn in the area of AspoBWAS-1793
15.3.1810Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
28.6.1810Boats from the Cerberus and Active attacked and took 25 vessels in the harbour of GradoBWAS-1793
2.2.1811Boats from the Cerberus took three trabaccolos and burnt one at anchor near PestichiBWAS-1793
12.2.1811Boats from the Cerberus took prizes from OrtanoBWAS-1793
13.3.1811Battle of Lissa
11.4.1812Boats in action at CorfuBWAS-1793
14.4.1812Boats in action at MerleraBWAS-1793
17.5.1812Boats took a ship near BrindisiBWAS-1793
27.5.1812Took two gunboatsBWAS-1793
28.5.1812Boats in an attack near OtrantoBWAS-1793
29.1.1813Took the Privateer Le Veloce (1)
3.1813Cut out an armed trabaccolo near BrindisiBWAS-1793
11.4.1813Boats form Cerberus and Apollo took possession of Devil's Island near Corfu, taking two grain shipsBWAS-1793
27.5.1813Action of 1813-05-27
1814In the Gulf of VeniceSOTON
29.9.1814At SpitheadBWAS-1793
29.9.1814Sold at Sheerness for £2,800BWAS-1793


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