Cornwallis -> 1811 Akbar

Nominal Guns50BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorBombay Marine
PreviouslyBritish Fourth Rate frigate 'Marquis Cornwallis' (1801) (50)
ShipyardBombay - Maharashtra BWAS-1793
Constructor Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia (1756-1821)BWAS-1793
CategoryFourth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck164' 4 ½"Imperial Feet49.9999 
Length of Keel140' 4 ⅞"Imperial Feet42.6942 
Breadth15' 3"Imperial Feet4.5872 
Depth in Hold15' 3"Imperial Feet4.5872 
Burthen1,387 5794Tons BM 


3.1805Broadside Weight = 915 Imperial Pound ( 414.9525 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck30 British 24-Pounder
Forecastle1 British 18-Pounder
Spardeck26 British 42-Pounder Carronade

8 Ship Commanders

2.1806 - 5.9.1806Commander Charles James Johnston (d.1835)BWAS-17935.9.1806 - 1809Captain Charles James Johnston (d.1835)BWAS-17931809 - 12.1810Captain Christopher Cole (1770-1836)BWAS-179312.1810 - 18.4.1811Commander William FisherBWAS-179318.4.1811 - 7.1812Captain William FisherBWAS-17935.1813 - 11.1814Captain Archibald DicksonBWAS-17935.11.1814 - 1.1.1817Captain Charles Bullen (1768-1853)NBD184915.2.1837 - 2.6.1839Captain Richard Grant (1783-1859)W025

2 Commissioned Officers

24.8.1810 - 13.11.1812First Lieutenant William Edward Hughes Allen (1787-1856)NBD184929.9.1814 - 29.10.1815Lieutenant Henry Andrew Bates (1788-1847)NBD1849

1 Warrant Officer

16.6.1805 - 7.7.1808Master Stephen ThomasADM 29-1

Service History

3.1805Purchased at Bombay - Maharashtra at a cost of £68630.0.0dBWAS-1793
9.2.1810Capture of Abmoyna
2.1811Renamed AkbarBWAS-1793
7.1812Paid offBWAS-1793
2.1813fitted as a storeship at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
3.1813Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
12.1813Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
1815Flagship on the Bermuda stationBWAS-1793
12.1816Laid upBWAS-1793
1817fitting as a Troopship at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
6.1824Began fitting as a Lazarette at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
9.1824Completed fitting as a Lazarette at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
9.1827Lazarette at LiverpoolBWAS-1793
1852Training shipBWAS-1793
1858Quarantine shipBWAS-1793


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 30th of November 2019 05:17

An interesting contrast with a real frigate, not only in the prodigious capacity of the hull (as seen in the ballast and water allocations), but also in the poor performance under sail. In a strong wind the ship could manage 7kts close-hauled, perhaps 9kts before the wind, and only 10.5kts on her best point of sailing, with the wind 2 points abaft the beam. She was also leewardly and unhandy, but these shortcomings were minimal compared to her quick and violent motions in a seaway--she rolled out all her topmasts on a voyage to Bermuda in 1815, and Rear-Admiral Griffith confessed that it was 'impossible to describe her labouring'. Unfortunately, the iron water tanks made it difficult to radically reorganise the stowage of the hold, and the ship was reduced to the masts and spars of a 38-gun ship. The Navy Board, which recommended her conversion to a store=ship in 1813, must have felt vindicated.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 02:21

31 Aug 1815, Akbar50 Captain Charles Bullen during a gale lost her main mast etc., which killed Midshipmen Haswell and Marley, and injured Mid. Whidden and several seamen.

Posted by AvM on Monday 21st of October 2019 22:14

Where you have that she was operated by the Bombay Marine?

Posted by Tim Oakley on Saturday 19th of October 2019 05:24

1815 flagship to Rear-Admiral of the White Sir Edward Griffiths on the Bermuda station.

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