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
ConstructorHenry 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 Commanding Officers

20.10.1794 - 11.1.1798CaptainJohn Drew (d.1798)† ADM 6/25/98BWAS-179312.1.1798 - 2.1803CaptainJames MacnamaraBWAS-17934.1803 - 1808CaptainWilliam Selby (d.1811)BWAS-17933.1809 - 6.1811CaptainHenry Whitby (d.1812)BWAS-179314.2.1811 - 12.1811CaptainRobert ClephaneBWAS-179312.1811 - 1814CaptainThomas GarthBWAS-1793

7 Commissioned Officers

10.1794 - 10.6.1795First LieutenantChristopher Cole (1770-1836)ref:6166.3.1804 - 3.1808LieutenantRichard Coote (d.1814)SOTON1809 - 3.1809First LieutenantJames DickinsonSOTON10.9.1810 - 1810LieutenantGeorge CumpstonSOTON2.1811 - 1.1813LieutenantEdward Hollingworth Delafosse (1788-?)NBD184914.6.1812 - 29.3.1814LieutenantJohn William Montagu (1790-1882)NBD18491.1813 - 4.1813First LieutenantEdward Hollingworth Delafosse (1788-?)NBD1849

1 Crewman

7.6.1803 - 7.1808Able SeamanJoseph 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 Privateer Cutter Le Calvados (6) off the Irish Coast
28.8.1796Took the Privateer L'Indemnité (14) on the Irish Coast
5.11.1796Took the Privateer 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 Privateer Ship La Dunkerquoise (18) in spite of having trown most of his guns overboard during the pursuitBG
12.7.1797Took the Privateer Lugger Le Neptune (12)
12.11.1797Took the Privateer Brig-Aviso L'Epervier (16) on the Irish Station
14.11.1797Took the Privateer Sloop Le Renard (18)
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 Privateer Brig Le Bonheur (14)
20.3.1806Sailed for JamaicaBWAS-1793
15.5.1806Took the Privateer Aimable Therèse (2)
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


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
SOTONShips of the Old NavyMichael PhilipsWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
ref:692Base de donnés sur les capitaines corsaires , les navires et les armateursJJ SaleinWeb Site

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