Nominal Guns22BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down8.1805BWAS-1793
How acquiredBuilt by ContractBWAS-1793
ShipyardYarmouth IOW - Isle of Wight BWAS-1793
Ship ClassLaurel ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
Constructor Custance & StoneBWAS-1793
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypePost Ship BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck120' 10"Imperial Feet36.576 
Length of Keel98' 7"Imperial Feet29.8926 
Breadth31' 6 ¾"Imperial Feet9.4679 
Depth in Hold10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Draught Forward8' 10"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Aft11' 8"Imperial Feet3.556 
Burthen522 3694Tons BM 


28.8.1806Broadside Weight = 201 Imperial Pound ( 91.1535 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck22 British 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
28.3.1805155Design Complement

6 Commanding Officers

10.1806 - 7.1807Captain Conway Shipley (d.1808)BWAS-17937.1807 - 11.1807Captain Edmund HeywoodBWAS-179311.1807 - 1808Captain Jocelyn PercyBWAS-179324.4.1808 - 1813Captain Matthew SmithBWAS-179310.1814 - 1816Captain John TailourBWAS-179330.5.1816 - 24.10.1816Captain James John Gordon Bremer (1786-1850)NBD1849

2 Commissioned Officers

2.1.1816 - 24.10.1816Lieutenant James BurneyNBD184917.12.1832 - 23.1.1834Lieutenant Charles James Fox CampbellNBD1849

Service History

9.1806Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
19.11.1806Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
15.3.1807Boats of the Comus, cruising off Gran Canaria, cut out several small vessels from Puerto de HazTRN5
8.5.1807Action at Las Palmas
16.8.1807Capture of the Frederikscoarn
16.8.1807Took the Frigate Frederichswaern (32) in the Baltic
30.11.1807Sailed for PortugalBWAS-1793
24.10.1816Wrecked at St Mary's Bay, NewfoundlandBWAS-1793
4.11.1816Wreck abandonedTRN5


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 4th of June 2012 20:30

12 Aug 1807 Danish Frederiksværn 32 sailed for Norway from Elsinor pursued by Defence 74 and Comus 22 cap Heywood even though war had not been declared.
15 Aug 1807 Danish Frederiksværn32 pursued by Defence 74 and Comus 22 cap Heywood Comus was much faster than Defence in the light winds and so outdistanced her. Comus caught Frederiksværn off Marstrand and captured her added as Frederikscoarn

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