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Cerberus

3531
Nominal Guns32BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ordered14.2.1793BWAS-1793
Keel Laid Down4.1793BWAS-1793
Launched25.9.1794BWAS-1793
First Commissioned10.1794BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardBuckler's Hard - Hampshire BWAS-1793
Ship ClassAlcmene - Improved Pallas Class (1793)BWAS-1793
Designed by
Sir John HenslowBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1761-1795
BWAS-1793
Constructor
Henry AdamsBritish
Designer
Ship Builder
Service 1713-1805
BWAS-1793
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
Sold29.9.1814BWAS-1793

Dimensions


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 

Armament


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


DatesRankNameSource
20.10.1794 - 11.1.1798Captain
John DrewBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1785
† ADM 6/25/98
BWAS-1793
12.1.1798 - 2.1803Captain
James MacnamaraBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1814
BWAS-1793
4.1803 - 1808Captain
William SelbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781
BWAS-1793
3.1809 - 6.1811Captain
Henry WhitbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1799-1812
BWAS-1793
14.2.1811 - 12.1811Captain
Robert ClephaneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1811
BWAS-1793
12.1811 - 1814Captain
Thomas GarthBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1814
BWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
10.1794 - 10.6.1795First Lieutenant
Christopher ColeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1828
ref:616
6.3.1804 - 3.1808Lieutenant
Richard CooteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1804-1814
SOTON
1809 - 3.1809First Lieutenant
James DickinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1810
SOTON
10.9.1810 - 1810Lieutenant
George CumpstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1810
SOTON
2.1811 - 1.1813Lieutenant
Edward Hollingworth DelafosseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1816
NBD1849
14.6.1812 - 29.3.1814Lieutenant
John William MontaguBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1846
NBD1849
1.1813 - 4.1813First Lieutenant
Edward Hollingworth DelafosseBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1801-1816
NBD1849

1 Crewman


DatesRatingNameSource
7.6.1803 - 7.1808Able Seaman
Joseph BatesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1815
NBD1849

Service History


DateEventSource
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) 1796-1796
French 6 Gun
Privateer Cutter
off the Irish Coast

28.8.1796Took the Privateer
L'Indemnité (14) 1796-1796
French 14 Gun
Privateer
on the Irish Coast

5.11.1796Took the Cutter
L'Hirondelle (10) 1796-1796
French 10 Gun
Privateer Cutter
in spite of having trown 6 of his guns
BG
30.12.1796Took the Privateer
Le Didon (5) 1796-1796
French 5 Gun
Privateer
ref:692
11.5.1797Took the Ship
La Dunkerquoise (18) 1797-1797
French 18 Gun
Privateer Ship
in spite of having trown most of his guns overboard during the pursuit
BG
12.11.1797Took the Brig-Aviso
L'Epervier (16) 1797-1797
French 16 Gun
Privateer Brig-Aviso
on the Irish Station
BG
14.11.1797Took the Sloop
Le Renard (18) 1796-1797
French 18 Gun
Privateer Sloop
BG
1798Based in PortsmouthSOTON
9.1798Took the Privateer
San Noberta 1798-1798
Spanish Privateer

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
4.1803RecomissionedBWAS-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) 1804-1804
French 4 Gun
Unrated
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) 1804-1805
French 14 Gun
Privateer Brig

20.3.1806Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
15.5.1806Took the Privateer
Aimable Therèse (2) 1806-1806
Spanish 2 Gun
Privateer
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 1808-1808
French Unrated
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
3.1809RecommissionedBWAS-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) 1813-1813
French 1 Gun
Privateer

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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