Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1794BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardFrindsbury - Kent BWAS-1793
Ship ClassConquest ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorJosiah and Thomas BrindleyBWAS-1793
Ship TypeGun-brig BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck75' 0"Imperial Feet22.86 
Length of Keel62' 5 ¼"Imperial Feet18.904 
Breadth21' 1"Imperial Feet6.4262 
Depth in Hold7' 1 ¾"Imperial Feet2.1527 
Burthen147 5894Tons BM 


7.1794Broadside Weight = 118 Imperial Pound ( 53.513 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck10 British 18-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 24-Pounder (Gover)
Stern Chaser2 British 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.179450Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

9.1794 - 1797LieutenantFrancis VesseyBWAS-17931797 - 1802LieutenantWilliam Green (d.1811)BWAS-17937.1803 - 7.1804LieutenantWilliam Le Mesurier (d.1833)BWAS-17937.1804 - 11.1806LieutenantFrancis SmithBWAS-179329.10.1804 - 14.6.1814LieutenantWalter BoswellNBD184914.6.1814 - 30.8.1814CommanderWalter BoswellNBD184930.8.1814 - 1817LieutenantJames RogersBWAS-1793

Service History

1795Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
5.3.1795Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
10.1796Began coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
11.1796Completed coppering and fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
11.1806In the Channel IslandsBWAS-1793
30.4.1814Sold at Plymouth to Mr. Moon for £370BWAS-1793


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Posted by Cy on Friday 14th of December 2018 08:36

Hi Mary

First place to look would be the page for the Attack itself,. Use the ship search to find it.

Posted by Mary De Zwart on Thursday 13th of December 2018 23:46

Thomas Eaton was surgeon on Attack Gun Vessel in 1798. We know this from his wedding certificate to Mary Brown at Stoke Damerel, Devon. Does anyone have ideas how I could find out further information about this vessel?

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