Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.9.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool BWAS-1714
Ship ClassActive Class
Designed byEdward Hunt (d.bef.1740)BWAS-1714
Constructor& Webb FearonBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up3.1830BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 3 ½"Imperial Feet38.4175 
Length of Keel103' 9"Imperial Feet31.4706 
Breadth35' 5"Imperial Feet10.6934 
Depth in Hold11' 11 ½"Imperial Feet3.3655 
Burthen692 1694Tons BM 


19.9.1781Broadside Weight = 246 Imperial Pound ( 111.561 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 British 24-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1778250Design Complement

10 Commanding Officers

8.1781 - 2.1784CaptainJames Hawker (d.1787)BWAS-17141.1793 - 1795CaptainRichard IncledonBWAS-17141795CaptainJohn PeytonBWAS-17141796CaptainJames Newman (d.1811)BWAS-17141797 - 1798CaptainRobert Waller Otway (1770-1846)BWAS-17141.1799 - 6.1799CaptainRichard Harrison PearsonBWAS-17147.1799 - 2.1801CommanderJohn NicholasBWAS-171414.2.1801 - 21.3.1801CommanderCharles JonesBWAS-171421.3.1801 - 12.1801CommanderJames Russell (d.1801)BWAS-17144.1803 - 1804CommanderJames JohnstoneBWAS-1714

1 Commissioned Officer

15.4.1814 - 30.5.1815LieutenantWilliam Bohun Bowyer (1789-?)NBD1849

3 Warrant Officers

22.1.1793 - 28.3.1794MasterThomas PriceADM29-114.12.1803 - 31.1.1811MasterGeorge LouttitADM29-11812 - 1814SurgeonGabriel JohnstonNA-ROA

1 Crewman

17.12.1806 - 18072nd Class VolunteerEdward Parker Bedwell (d.1856)NBD1849

Service History

19.9.1781building at Liverpool at a cost of £13644.6.2dBWAS-1714
8.4.1782Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.7.1782Took the Privateer Fox
28.9.1782Took the Privateer Ship Matilda (22)
2.1784Paid offBWAS-1714
7.1784Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
9.1784Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard at a cost of £4464.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1790Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
3.1792Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1792Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard BWAS-1714
22.6.1793Took the Privateer La Petite Victoire (6)
24.11.1793Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1714
2.2.1794At the capture of MartiniqueBWAS-1714
12.1795Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
21.3.1796Attack on Leogane
1797On the Jamaica StationBWAS-1714
2.1798Took the Privateer La Ste Marie de Louvaine (2)
3.1798Took the Privateer La Créole (6)
12.5.1798Took the Privateer Sally
18.5.1798Took the Privateer La Goulette
30.5.1798Took the Privateer L'Aventure
1.6.1798Sank the La Mutine (2) off San JuanBWAS-1714
8.6.1798Took the Privateer Le Cargo (2)
6.1799Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1714
7.1799Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
7.1799Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £6330.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1803Slop ship at the NoreBWAS-1714
4.1803Refitted as a Other Vessels Slop Ship
4.1803Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
5.1803Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard BWAS-1714
12.1812Moved to Chatham as dockyard flagshipBWAS-1714
8.1816Victualling depot at ChathamBWAS-1714
3.1830Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NA-ROAThe National Archive - Records of the Admiralty etc. Book

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Posted by Barry Jolly on Tuesday 16th of January 2018 16:14

Please note that Captain Thomas Peyton was appointed to Ceres in August 1794, and not his brother John. (All very confusing as there were three Peyton brothers, all Captains at the same time.) Thomas Peyton took over from Captain Hamilton.
He moved to Minerva in July 1795.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 23rd of November 2017 19:57

Circa Feb 1800 Lieut. Barley Reynolds, of the Ceres, died of an apoplexy, with which he was seized whilst playing at backgammon. He was universally esteemed and respected and was most honourably attended to the grave by Capt NichoIas, and all the other officers, part of the ship's company, and the whole of the marines of the ship he belonged to.
29 Mar 1803 Lieut Johnston, an experienced officer, has been appointed in command of the Ceres, which is to be stationed at the Nore, as a slop ship.

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