Cornwallis -> 1816 Wildfire

Nominal Guns74BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down1811BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardBombay Dockyard - Bombay BWAS-1793
Ship ClassArmada Class
Designed by The SurveyorsBWAS-1793
ConstructorJamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia (1756-1821)BWAS-1793
CategoryThird RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged
Broken Up1957BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck177' 5"Imperial Feet53.9512 
Length of Keel145' 1 ¼"Imperial Feet44.2024 
Breadth48' 5"Imperial Feet14.6463 
Depth in Hold21' 1 ¾"Imperial Feet6.4199 
Burthen1,809 2894Tons BM 


12.5.1813Broadside Weight = 928 Imperial Pound ( 420.848 kg)BWAS-1793
Lower Gun Deck28 British 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck28 British 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck10 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 12-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 32-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1.10.1806590Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers

1813 - 1814CaptainHenry Folkes Edgell (1767-1846)BWAS-179312.1814 - 1815CaptainJohn BayleyBWAS-17931.6.1816 - 25.11.1816CaptainAndrew King (1774-1835)NAO5.4.1841 - 1844CaptainPeter Richards (1787-1869)W0259.2.1855 - 13.8.1856CaptainGeorge Greville Wellesley (1814-1901)W0252.12.1856 - 20.4.1857CaptainRichard Ashmore PowellW02520.4.1857 - 29.4.1861CaptainGeorge Granville Randolph (1818-1907)W02530.4.1861 - 14.4.1863CaptainJohn Grenfell (1806-1884)W02514.4.1863 - 31.3.1864CaptainJames Newburgh Strange (1812-1894)W025

3 Flag Officers

12.1814 - 21.9.1815Rear-Admiral of the WhiteGeorge Burlton (d.1815)BWAS-179315.2.1837 - 2.6.1839Vice-AdmiralSir Charles Paget (1778-1839)W0255.4.1841 - 1844Rear-AdmiralSir William Parker (1781-1866)BWAS-1793

14 Commissioned Officers

23.1.1814 - 26.11.1816First LieutenantGeorge Bague (d.1856)NBD18494.2.1815 - 6.1815LieutenantThomas BunnNBD18496.6.1837 - 1837LieutenantRobert Laurie Atkinson (1811-?)NBD184924.2.1838 - 28.7.1838LieutenantJames Newburgh Strange (1812-1894)W02512.7.1838 - 3.4.1839LieutenantCharles James BalfourNBD184928.5.1841 - 15.6.1842LieutenantCharles BullenNBD18498.12.1841 - 25.8.1842LieutenantJohn BorlaseNBD184911.2.1842 - 25.8.1842LieutenantFrederick Archibald CampbellNBD184917.3.1843 - 1.3.1845LieutenantJohn BorlaseNBD184929.8.1843 - 1845LieutenantHumphrey John Julian (d.1848)W02517.10.1843 - 30.7.1844LieutenantCharles Wright BonhamNBD184920.10.1843 - 26.6.1844LieutenantJames Boucher BallardNBD184926.1.1844 - 29.7.1844LieutenantAlexander AndersonNBD18492.2.1844 - 3.1844LieutenantBrook Young (1813-?)NBD1849

1 Petty Officer

12.1814 - 4.2.1815MidshipmanThomas BunnNBD1849

Service History

1811Began building at Bombay Dockyard - Bombay BWAS-1793
12.5.1813Completed building at Bombay Dockyard - Bombay at a cost of £44591.0.0dBWAS-1793
9.6.1814Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
10.1814Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1793
25.12.1814Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £20251.0.0dBWAS-1793
3.1816Renamed WildfireBWAS-1793
11.1832fitting at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
3.1836Began fitting for sea at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
6.1836Completed fitting for sea at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10102.0.0dBWAS-1793
2.1837Recommissioned for North America & the West IndiesBWAS-1793
7.1839Began fitting at UnknownBWAS-1793
8.1839Completed fittingBWAS-1793
4.1841Began fitting for sea at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
7.1841Completed fitting for sea at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £10971.0.0dBWAS-1793
14.6.1842Capture of Woosung
7.1852Began fitting at UnknownBWAS-1793
9.1852Completed fittingBWAS-1793
10.1854Began conversion to a Screw Vessel at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth BWAS-1793
2.1855Recommissioned for the BalticBWAS-1793
4.1855Completed conversion to a Screw Vessel at Plymouth Dockyard - Plymouth at a cost of £39521.0.0dBWAS-1793
9.8.1855Defence of Sveaborg
1857Coast guard service on the Humber until 1864BWAS-1793
1865Hulked as a jetty at SheernessBWAS-1793
1865Refitted as a Other Vessels Hulk
1957Broken up at SheernessBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
W025William Loney RN - BackgroundP DavisWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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