Nominal Guns28BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down9.1782BWAS-1714
First Commissioned9.1787BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardSandgate - Kent BWAS-1714
Ship ClassEnterprise ClassBWAS-1714
Designed byJohn Williams (1700-?)BWAS-1714
Constructor& Hall StewartBWAS-1714
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck120' 5"Imperial Feet36.5824 
Length of Keel99' 3"Imperial Feet30.1837 
Breadth33' 7"Imperial Feet10.1177 
Depth in Hold11' 0"Imperial Feet3.3528 
Burthen595 3994Tons BM 


27.11.1784Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck24 British 9-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 18-Pound Carronade
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 18-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
3.1.1771200Design Complement

7 Commanding Officers

25.9.1787 - 19.7.1790CaptainCharles Sandys ADM 6/23/417BWAS-171419.7.1790 - 12.1790CaptainEdward Buller (1764-1824) ADM 6/24/63
Commission confirmed 31.8.1790
15.4.1793 - 1794CaptainSir Charles Hamilton (2nd Baronet of Trebinshun House) (1767-1849) ADM 6/24/229BWAS-17141794 - 7.1795CaptainGeorge Henry Towry (1767-1809)BWAS-17147.1795 - 7.1797CaptainHenry Hotham (1777-1833)BWAS-17148.1797 - 1799CaptainEdward MarshBWAS-17142.1800 - 1802CommanderDavid Colby (d.1834)BWAS-1714

3 Petty Officers

21.3.1788 - 22.7.1790MidshipmanThomas Baker (1771-1845)ref:6161789 - 1791MidshipmanThomas Lyne (1768-?)NBD184926.7.1795 - 27.3.1797MidshipmanCharles Cobbe (d.1811)

Service History

29.11.1784Began fitting for ordinary at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
15.3.1785Completed fitting for ordinary at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £3272.0.0dBWAS-1714
11.1786Began coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford BWAS-1714
17.2.1787Completed coppering and fitting at Deptford Dockyard - Deptford at a cost of £1353.0.0dBWAS-1714
3.1787Began fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth BWAS-1714
10.1787Completed fitting at Portsmouth Dockyard - Portsmouth at a cost of £4258.0.0dBWAS-1714
5.4.1788Sailed for Nova ScotiaBWAS-1714
12.1790Paid offBWAS-1714
3.1792Began small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1714
5.1793Completed small repair at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich at a cost of £11612.0.0dBWAS-1714
21.11.1793Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1714
3.1795Took the Cutter Le Téméraire (20)
24.6.1795Action of 1795-06-24
24.6.1795Took the Frigate La Minerve (42) off Minorca
2.1800Refitted as a 16 gun Unrated Troop Ship
1801Egypt operationsBWAS-1714
10.1804Refitted as a Other Vessels Prison Ship
1807Staitioned off CowesBWAS-1714
3.4.1817Sold to Josiah Holmes at Portsmouth for £1,320BWAS-1714


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Posted by Mike Oliver on Sunday 30th of March 2014 13:46

Re DIDO - Capt 1794/5 was NOT George Philips TOWRY, it was his son George Henry TOWRY the 28 years old son ) The father was one of the Navy’s Victualling Commissioners. His father had been born George Philips but had added the name Towry, as was customary when a cousin of that surname died and left him a small fortune. This fortune had been enlarged considerably when George P. had married the wealthy Elizabeth More in 1766. Elizabeth had died and in 1770, George P. had married again, this time to Susanna Haywood. In November of the same year George P. had again become considerably richer by winning £20,000 in a lottery.
George Henry and his younger brother Charles George were Elizabeth’s sons and both had followed their father as a naval officer.

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