Nominal Guns18BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down5.1795BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardFrindsbury - Kent BWAS-1793
Ship ClassBittern ClassBWAS-1793
Designed bySir John Henslow (1730-1815)BWAS-1793
ConstructorWilliam Wyatt (d.1693)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1793
BecomesFrench sloop 'Le Cerf' (1805) (18)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck111' 9"Imperial Feet33.8536 
Length of Keel90' 10 ⅝"Imperial Feet27.4479 
Breadth29' 7"Imperial Feet8.859 
Depth in Hold8' 6"Imperial Feet2.4384 
Draught Forward7' 9"Imperial Feet2.3622 
Draught Aft11' 4"Imperial Feet3.4544 
Burthen423 894Tons BM 


9.4.1796Broadside Weight = 102 Imperial Pound ( 46.257 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck18 British 6-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1794121Design Complement

5 Commanding Officers

4.1796 - 3.1799CommanderRobert ManningBWAS-179322.3.1799 - 15.12.1802CommanderHenry MatsonBWAS-179315.12.1802 - 4.8.1803CommanderMurray MaxwellBWAS-17934.8.1803 - 30.4.1805CommanderJoseph NourseBWAS-17934.5.1804 - 12.5.1805CommanderGeorge Cadogan (1783-1864)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

25.6.1800 - 26.3.1801LieutenantJohn Read BindonNBD1849

Service History

5.1795Began building at Frindsbury - Kent BWAS-1793
9.4.1796Completed building at Frindsbury - Kent at a cost of £5454.0.0dBWAS-1793
9.4.1796Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1793
15.6.1796Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5141.0.0dBWAS-1793
20.2.1797Sailed for the Leeward IslandsBWAS-1793
3.5.1797Took the Schooner La Bayonnaise off Dominica
12.1798Took the Cutter La Jombie (8) in the Leeward IslandsTNC
21.6.1803Capture of St. Lucia and Tobago
20.1.1804Took the Privateer La Bellone (8) in the latitude of BarbadoesBG
27.1.1804Took the Schooner L'Harmonie (12) in the Lat. 15 Deg. 23 Min. North, Long. 60 Deg. 30 Min. West, in the West IndiesBG
11.11.1804Took the Brig Le Buonaparte (14) off Marie GalanteBG
5.1805Took the Privateer Justica (4)
12.5.1805Taken by Hortense (40) between Barbados and Martinique
12.5.1805Taken by Hermione (40) between Barbados and Martinique


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