Nominal Guns20BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench corvette 'L'Etna' (1794) (16)
First Commissioned1797/05
ShipyardHonfleur EWIKI
Ship ClassEtna Class
Designed byPierre-Alexander ForfaitEWIKI
ConstructorAndre-François NormandEWIKI
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypePost Ship


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck119' 4"Imperial Feet36.2765 
Length of Keel98' 2 ½"Imperial Feet29.8831 
Breadth32' 10 ½"Imperial Feet9.7663 
Depth in Hold14' 9 ½"Imperial Feet4.2799 
Burthen564 4094Tons BM 


1796/12/27Broadside Weight = 113 Imperial Pound ( 51.2455 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck18 British 9-Pounder

Commanding Officers

1797/05 - 1798/01CaptainJohn Clarke SearleBWAS-17931798/01 - 1799/09CaptainMark Robert KerrBWAS-17931799/09 - 1800/05/20CaptainThe Hon. Courtnay BoyleBWAS-1793

Commissioned Officers

1799LieutenantWilliam WooldridgeTNC

Warrant Officers

1799/09/30 - 1800/11/17MasterWilliam MowbrayADM29-1

Petty Officers

1800/05/20 - 1800MidshipmanRichard Israel AlleynNBD1849

Service History

1796/11/16Arrived at Portsmouth
1797Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard BWAS-1793
1797/07/25Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard at a cost of £6838.0.0dBWAS-1793
1799/01/02Took the Unrated Packet Valiente off Malaga
1799/03/19Took the Unrated Brig Vincejo (18)
1799/10/27Took the Privateer Le Tartare
1800/01/18Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
1800/02/24Took the Privateer Batador (14)
1800/05/20Wrecked off Damietta in the Egyption coastNBD1849


BWAS-1793 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook
ADM29-1 ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849 A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Sunday 17th of December 2017 08:52

Circa Feb 1800 Lieut. Norman, late of the Cormorant20 Captain Courtnay Boyle, is appointed to the Arethusa38.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 31st of December 2016 16:39

10 Apr 1800 The corpse of Mr. Leddy, Surgeon's Mate of the Cormorant, who was drowned on Christmas Eve, at Portsmouth, was found in the harbour on the 10th instant. An inquest was held on the body, by Stephen Barney, Esq., Coroner for that Borough, and a verdict of accidental death returned

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 28th of August 2012 20:28

crew saved [ex French French Etna 18 13/11/96] ref Colledge

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