Nominal Guns20BWAS-1793
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
PreviouslyFrench Sixth Rate corvette 'La Danaé' (1796) (20)
ShipyardBayonne EWIKI
Ship ClassBonne Citoyenne Class
Designed byRaymond-Antoine Haran (1748-?)EWIKI
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1793
Ship TypePost Ship
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesFrench Sixth Rate corvette 'La Vaillante' (1800) (20)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck119' 2"Imperial Feet36.2739 
Length of Keel99' 7 ¼"Imperial Feet30.1816 
Breadth30' 11 ½"Imperial Feet9.1567 
Depth in Hold8' 11"Imperial Feet2.4638 
Burthen507 894Tons BM 


12.1798Broadside Weight = 392 Imperial Pound ( 177.772 kg)BWAS-1793
Upper Gun Deck20 British 32-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck6 British 12-Pound Carronade
Forecastle6 British 12-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
12.1798155 BWAS-1793

1 Commanding Officer

17.12.1798 - 17.3.1800CaptainWilliam Allen ProbyBWAS-1793

Service History

4.4.1799Took the Unrated Lugger Le Sans Quartier (14) off Les Isles de ChofeyBG

Arrived at Plymouth

5.2.1800Capture of the Pallas
6.2.1800Took the Fifth Rate Frigate Pallas (38) off St Malo
17.3.1800Crew mutinied and handed her to the French at BrestBWAS-1793


BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site
TNCThe Naval ChronicalVariousPeriodical

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Tim Oakley on Friday 19th of January 2018 19:57

2 Sep 1800 Plymouth, a Court Martial was held on board the Cambridge flag ship, in Hamoaze, on John Barnet, one of the Mutineers of the Danae, Captain Lord Probey. Barnet was discovered in Mill prison on Sunday the 24th ult. the day previous to his marching for Stapleton prison with 400 other prisoners, by Lieut. Neville Lake, first of the Danae. Mr. Cleverton, at his request, with his usual promptitude, had the prison mustered in his presence; after going through the ranks, he fixed on Barnet as the man who steered the ship into Camaret Bay, and a principal ringleader in the mutiny : it was more than probable he would have escaped, as he is a Jersey man and speaks French fluently. He was taken in La Vengeur French privateer about 3 months since. The Court Martial sentenced him, after a fair and impartial trial, to be hanged at the yardarm of such ship as the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty shall appoint. 9 Sep this morning pursuant to Orders from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, the above unhappy man was conveyed on board La Pique, 38 guns. Captain Young, attended by all the boats of the fleet, manned and armed to witness the awful sight. The signal for punishment was flying from daybreak on board the Cambridge and Pique. At half past ten o'clock, the prisoner, accompanied by the Chaplain, proceeded along the gangway to the platform on the forecastle where the Provost Martial placed the rope round his neck. He then prayed fervently for some time ; after which the fatal gun fired, and he was instantly run up to the fore yard arm, a dreadful example to all Mutineers. After hanging one hour, his body was lowered into a shell, and conveyed to the Royal Naval Hospital for interment.

Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 12th of April 2014 21:09

E.A. June 19, 1801
Yesterday morning at 9 0'clock, Samuel Higgins, alias McDonnell, was executed on board the Zealand guard ship at the Nore, pursuance to his sentence, he having been active in a mutiny on board the Danae frigate, and assisted in carrying the ship into Brest. He behaved with the most hardened depravity.

Posted by Brian Stephens on Saturday 12th of April 2014 20:42

Edinburgh Advertiser, June 12, 1801
On Wednesday last, Lieutenant McNiven, who belonged to the Danae frigate, at the time the crew mutinied, and carried her into Brest, in passing through Wupping, met a seaman who was captain of the forecastle when the mutiny took place. He instantly seized him, and conveyed on board the tender, Tower, from whence he will be conveyed to the Nore for trial. It appeared that he had been for some time on board an American schooner,which had lain for a fortnight along side the tender. He had an American protection, and was disguised as an American with ear rings in his ears.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 7th of June 2012 21:45

Mar 14 1800 Danae 20 cap Lord Proby taken by mutineers and handed over to the French Colombe 16 and taken into Brest, Anson and Boadicea unable to rescue either officers or Vessel

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