Nominal Guns20BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench corvette 'L'Etna' (1794) (16)
First Commissioned5.1797BWAS-1793
ShipyardHonfleur - Normandy EWIKI
Ship ClassEtna Class
Designed byPierre-Alexander Forfait (1752-1807)EWIKI
ConstructorAndre-François Normand (1726-1812)EWIKI
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypePost Ship BWAS-1793


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 


27.12.1796Broadside Weight = 113 Imperial Pound ( 51.2455 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Upper Gun Deck18 British 9-Pounder

3 Commanding Officers

5.1797 - 1.1798CaptainJohn Clarke SearleBWAS-17931.1798 - 9.1799CaptainMark Robert Kerr (1776-1840)BWAS-17939.1799 - 20.5.1800CaptainThe Hon. Courtnay Boyle (1770-1844)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

1799LieutenantWilliam WooldridgeTNC

1 Warrant Officer

30.9.1799 - 17.11.1800MasterWilliam MowbrayADM29-1

1 Petty Officer

20.5.1800 - 1800MidshipmanRichard Israel Alleyn (1782-1866)NBD1849

Service History

16.11.1796Arrived at Portsmouth
1797Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
25.7.1797Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £6838.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.1.1799Took the Packet Valiente off Malaga
19.3.1799Took the Brig Vincejo (18)
27.10.1799Took the Privateer Le Tartare
18.1.1800Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
24.2.1800Took the Privateer Batador (14)
20.5.1800Wrecked off Damietta in the Egyption coastNBD1849


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical
ADM29-1ADM 29/1 1802-1814 Admiralty: Warrant Officers. Entry Books of Certificates of Service Document
NBD1849A 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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