Nominal Guns32BWAS-1714
NationalityGreat Britain
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down13.5.1761BWAS-1714
First Commissioned14.5.1762BWAS-1714
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardKingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber BWAS-1714
Ship ClassNiger ClassBWAS-1714
Designed bySir Thomas Slade (1703-1771)BWAS-1714
ConstructorBenjamin Blaydes (1736-1805)BWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate BWAS-1714
Sailing RigShip RiggedBWAS-1714
Broken Up2.10.1793BWAS-1714


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck125' 0"Imperial Feet38.1 
Length of Keel103' 4 ½"Imperial Feet31.4071 
Breadth35' 2 ½"Imperial Feet10.6807 
Depth in Hold12' 0"Imperial Feet3.6576 
Draught Forward8' 11"Imperial Feet2.4638 
Draught Aft13' 10 ½"Imperial Feet3.9751 
Burthen681 3194Tons BM 


8.6.1762Broadside Weight = 177 Imperial Pound ( 80.2698 kg)BWAS-1714
Upper Gun Deck26 British 12-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck12 British 1/2-Pound Swivel
Quarterdeck4 British 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1757220Design Complement

11 Commanding Officers

14.5.1762 - 19.3.1763CaptainTimothy Edwards (1731-1780) ADM 6/19/409BWAS-171425.3.1763 - 2.5.1766CaptainJohn Knight (c.1712-1788) ADM 6/19/474BWAS-17142.5.1766 - 16.8.1769CaptainCharles Douglas (1726/27-1789) ADM 6/20/117BWAS-171416.8.1769 - 23.4.1771CaptainJohn Moutray (d.1785) ADM 6/20/246BWAS-171423.4.1771 - 5.5.1772CaptainHugh Dalrymple (c.1730-1784) ADM 6/20/368BWAS-171422.11.1775 - 5.7.1779CaptainBenjamin Caldwell (1739-1820) ADM 6/21/138BWAS-171423.7.1779 - 15.11.1781CaptainSamuel Marshall (1741-1795)BWAS-171417.12.1781 - 27.5.1783CaptainWilliam Knell (d.1798) ADM 6/22/386BWAS-171427.5.1783 - 25.9.1783CaptainEdward Shepherd (d.1791) ADM 6/23/159
Issued by Robert Digby (1732-1815), North America
Commission confirmed 6.11.1783
ADM 6/23
21.9.1790 - 22.11.1790CaptainThomas Revell Shivers ADM 6/24/68ADM 6/2422.11.1790CaptainRichard Incledon (1755-1825) ADM 6/24/88ADM 6/24

3 Commissioned Officers

20.6.1765 - 29.6.1768Second LieutenantPhilip Patton (1739-1815) ADM 6/20/80ODNB6.6.1770 - 27.6.1771Second LieutenantPhilip Patton (1739-1815) ADM 6/20/280ODNB27.6.1771 - 5.5.1772First LieutenantPhilip Patton (1739-1815) ADM 6/20/387ODNB

1 Petty Officer

1.1780 - 1781MidshipmanHugh Downman (1765-1858)WWNH

Service History

8.6.1762building at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber at a cost of £6287.10.9dBWAS-1714
10.1762fitting at Kingston upon Hull - Yorkshire - The Humber at a cost of £2518.16.0dBWAS-1714

Paid off

1769Sailed to Lapland to observe the transit of VenusBWAS-1714
5.1772Began middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1714

Paid off

9.1772Completed middling repair at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness at a cost of £4612.11.11dBWAS-1714
10.1775Began fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714
3.1776Completed fitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5828.8.3dBWAS-1714
6.5.1776Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714
1.4.1778Took the Frigate Virginia (28) BWAS-1714
6.1779Began refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham BWAS-1714

Paid off

8.1779Completed refitting at Chatham Dockyard - Chatham at a cost of £5528.14.9dBWAS-1714
9.1779In the North SeaBWAS-1714
31.12.1779Affair of Fielding and Bylandt
23.4.1780Took the Frigate La Dunkerquoise (20)
24.8.1781Took the Brig Le Frédéric (16)
7.9.1781Took the Cutter Le Comte de la Motte-Piquet (8)
22.4.1783Sailed for North AmericaBWAS-1714

Paid off

2.10.1793Broken up at DeptfordBWAS-1714


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
ADM 6/24ADM 6/24 Commission and Warrant Book 1789 Sep.-1793  Archive
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Posted by Brian on Saturday 19th of July 2014 21:07

Admiralty Office 1777, (London Gazette)
Prizes taken by the Emerald.
June 24 - Delaware sloop, Thomas Coleman master, Joseph Stores owner, from Curacoa to Virginia, taken in Chesapeake Bay, burnt with salt.
June 30, brig unknown, supposed to be bound into the Capes, taken off the Capes of Virginia, burnt, with sails, cordage, rum, bale goods.
July 10. Friendship sloop, James Mudie master, Ring & Co. owners, from Virginia to Havannah, taken off the Capes of Virginia, sent to New York with flour.
Betty sloop, John Philipson master, M. Francois owner, from Virginia to Cape Francois, taken off the capes of Virginia, scuttled, with tobacco and flour.
Resolution sloop, D. McAwee master, M. Earison owner, from Baltimore to Curacoa, taken off the Capes of Virginia, sent to New York with tobacco, flour, staves.
July 20. Alexander sloop, Peter Ridge master, from Virginia to Martinique, taken in Chesapeake Bay, sent to New York, with tobacco and flour.
July 24. Success, snow, P.A. Maguero, master, from Guadeloupe to Virginia, taken southward of Cape Henry, sent to New York, with salt, cloth and sundries.
August 13. Thomas sloop, James Harper master, ____Wallace owner, from Virginia to St. Eustatia, taken southward of Cape Henry, with tobacco, flour and staves.

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