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Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1.9.1779BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardLiverpool - Lancashire BWAS-1714
Ship ClassActive Class (1778)BWAS-1714
Designed by
Edward HuntBritish
Ship Builder
Dockyard Staff
Service 1731-1740
& Webb FearonBritish
Ship Builder
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
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

13 Ship Commanders

25.7.1781 - 17.12.1783Captain
James Hawkins-WhitshedBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1844
Transfered ADM 6/22/317
ADM 6/22
Thomas WilliamsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1779-1830
ADM 6/24/88
ADM 6/24
9.1.1793 - 9.8.1794Captain
Richard IncledonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1819
ADM 6/24/192
ADM 6/24
13.5.1794 - 9.8.1794Captain
Thomas HamiltonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1814
ADM 6/25/97
Confirmed 20.10.1794
ADM 6/25
9.8.1794 - 1794Captain
Thomas PeytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1801
ADM 6/25/73
ADM 6/25
John PeytonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1772-1808
James NewmanBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1795
1797 - 1798Captain
Robert Waller OtwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1841
1.1799 - 6.1799Captain
Richard Harrison PearsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
7.1799 - 2.1801Commander
John NicholasBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1796-1804
14.2.1801 - 21.3.1801Commander
Charles JonesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1814
21.3.1801 - 12.1801Commander
James RussellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1801
4.1803 - 1804Commander
James JohnstoneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1793-1812

1 Commissioned Officer

15.4.1814 - 30.5.1815Lieutenant
William Bohun BowyerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1830

3 Warrant Officers

22.1.1793 - 28.3.1794Master
Thomas PriceBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1805
ADM 29-1
14.12.1803 - 31.1.1811Master
George LouttitBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1811
ADM 29-1
1812 - 1814Surgeon
Gabriel JohnstonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1815

1 Crewman

17.12.1806 - 18072nd Class Volunteer
Edward Parker BedwellBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1806-1815

Service History

19.9.1781building at Liverpool - Lancashire at a cost of £13644.6.2dBWAS-1714
8.4.1782Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
6.7.1782Took the Privateer
Fox 1782-1782
American Privateer

28.9.1782Took the Ship
Matilda (22) 1782-1782
American 22 Gun
Privateer Ship


Paid off

7.1784Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
9.1784Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £4464.0.0dBWAS-1714
4.1790Began great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
3.1792Completed great repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
12.1792Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
2.1793Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
22.6.1793Took the Privateer
La Petite Victoire (6) 1793-1793
French 6 Gun

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) 1798-1798
French 2 Gun

3.1798Took the Privateer
La Créole (6) 1798-1798
French 6 Gun

12.5.1798Took the Privateer
La Sally 1797-1798
French Privateer

18.5.1798Took the Privateer
La Goulette 1798-1798
French Privateer

30.5.1798Took the Privateer
L'Aventure 1798-1798
French Privateer

1.6.1798Sank the
La Mutine (2) 1798-1798
French 2 Gun
off San Juan
8.6.1798Took the Privateer
Le Cargo (2) 1798-1798
French 2 Gun

6.1799Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
7.1799Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
7.1799Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth 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 - Sheerness BWAS-1714
5.1803Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714
12.1812Moved to Chatham as dockyard flagshipBWAS-1714
8.1816Victualling depot at ChathamBWAS-1714
3.1830Broken up at ChathamBWAS-1714


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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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