Nominal Guns16BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Keel Laid Down2.1804BWAS-1793
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1793
ShipyardKing's Boatbuilders - Dover BWAS-1793
Ship ClassCruizer ClassBWAS-1793
Designed by William Rule (d.1816)BWAS-1793
Constructor John King (1769-?)BWAS-1793
Ship TypeSloop BWAS-1793
Sailing RigBrigBWAS-1793
Broken Up4.1821BWAS-1793


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck100' 1 ½"Imperial Feet30.4927 
Length of Keel77' 6"Imperial Feet23.4914 
Breadth30' 7"Imperial Feet9.3218 
Depth in Hold12' 9"Imperial Feet3.7719 
Draught Forward5' 6"Imperial Feet1.6764 
Draught Aft10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Burthen385Tons BM 


22.9.1804Broadside Weight = 262 Imperial Pound ( 118.817 kg)BWAS-1793
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Bow Chaser2 British 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1797121Design Complement

9 Commanding Officers

10.1804 - 1.1806Commander Joseph EdmondsBWAS-17931.1806 - 22.1.1806Lieutenant William KingBWAS-179322.1.1806 - 4.1808Commander Henry HopeBWAS-17934.1808 - 1809Lieutenant William Henry HiggsBWAS-17931809 - 4.1813Commander Robert MitfordBWAS-17934.1813 - 7.1813Lieutenant William Henry HiggsBWAS-17937.1813 - 6.1814Captain Robert Cavendish Spencer (1791-1830)BWAS-179321.6.1814 - 6.1815Commander Robert RussellBWAS-17936.1815 - 10.1816Commander Norwich Duff (1792-1862)BWAS-1793

1 Commissioned Officer

7.9.1804 - 1.1806Lieutenant Thomas Morley BlaineyNBD1849

Service History

1.10.1804Began fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
16.12.1804Completed fitting at Sheerness Dockyard - Sheerness BWAS-1793
29.6.1807Sailed for the MediterraneanBWAS-1793
24.6.1809Operations in the Bay of Naples
25.4.1810Action at the castle of Terracina
1815In North America and the West IndiesBWAS-1793
10.1816Paid offBWAS-1793
4.1821Broken up at PortsmouthBWAS-1793


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Friday 18th of April 2014 16:19

Edinburgh Advertiser, September 27, 1816
The Espoir, sloop of war, Captain Norwich Duff, arrived on Thursday at Portsmouth fro Halifax, in three weeks; left there the Pactolus, Niger, and Akbar. The Akbar would not leave the station until the arrival of the Leander with Rear-Admiral Milne, when Admiral Griffith will return in her to England.

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