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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 Class (1771)BWAS-1714
Designed by
John WilliamsBritish
Ship Builder
Service 1762-1778
& Hall StewartBritish
Ship Builder
CategorySixth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateBWAS-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 Ship Commanders

25.9.1787 - 19.7.1790Captain
Charles SandysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1805
ADM 6/23/417
19.7.1790 - 12.1790Captain
Edward BullerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1814
ADM 6/24/63
Issued by
Sir Richard Hughes (2nd Baronet of East Bergholt)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1805
, Nova Scotia - Canada - Saint Lawrence & Nova Scotia
Confirmed 31.8.1790
15.4.1793 - 1794Captain
Sir Charles Hamilton (2nd Baronet of Trebinshun House)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1819
ADM 6/24/229
1794 - 7.1795Captain
George Henry TowryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1788-1805
7.1795 - 7.1797Captain
Henry HothamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1834
8.1797 - 1799Captain
Edward MarshBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1801
2.1800 - 1802Commander
David ColbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1794-1809

3 Commissioned Officers

22.11.1790 - 1790First Lieutenant
Anthony ThompsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1801
ADM 6/24/92
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 26.11.1790First Lieutenant
William KingBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
Transfered ADM 6/24/90
ADM 6/24
22.11.1790 - 1790Second Lieutenant
Francis CoxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790
ADM 6/24/92
ADM 6/24

1 Warrant Officer

27.8.1789 - 8.12.1790Surgeon
William WalkerBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1787-1821
ADM 29/8

4 Petty Officers

21.3.1788 - 22.7.1790Midshipman
Thomas BakerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1781-1837
1789 - 1791Midshipman
Thomas LyneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1786-1840
26.7.1795 - 27.3.1797Midshipman
Charles CobbeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1789-1811
1.11.1800 - 14.4.1802Coxswain
Benjamin JohnBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1793-1825
ADM 29/8

1 Crewman

2.12.1799 - 31.10.1800Able Seaman
Benjamin JohnBritish
Naval Sailor
Dockyard Staff
Service 1793-1825
ADM 29/8

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) 1795-1795
French 20 Gun
Privateer Cutter

24.6.1795Action of 1795-06-24
24.6.1795Took the Frigate
La Minerve (42) 1794-1795
French 42 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
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


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Mr.E.P.Daly on Monday 6th of July 2020 16:41

I have strong circumstantial evidence that this frigate,and none other named prior,was named after the person I've been
researching for over 6yrs now.That is DidoElizabethBelle who
was the natural daughter of SirJohnLindsayKB,who was a Lord Of
The Admiralty in 1783 alongside his best friend the FirstLord,
AdmiralKeppel.SirJohn finally retired through ill health as a
RearAdmiralRed on the same day the frigate was commissioned and that being 24thSept.1787.SirJohn had a privileged career in the RoyalNavy along with many audiences with the king both
at St.James'sPalace and AdmiraltyHouse.If SirJohn wanted a small ship named after his daughter then there wouldn't be anyone who would challenge that.I'm awaiting final results from the relative naval museums,but can also say all the timelines fall perfectly into place.

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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