Nominal Guns8
NationalityUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
OperatorRoyal Navy
Ship TypeFire Vessel


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1793
Length of Gundeck80' 2"Imperial Feet24.4348 
Length of Keel65' 0"Imperial Feet19.812 
Breadth20' 1 ½"Imperial Feet6.1087 
Burthen140Tons BM 

2 Commanding Officers

1804 - 4.1804LieutenantAlexander DavidsonBWAS-17939.1804 - 13.10.1804LieutenantWilliam McleanBWAS-1793

Service History

4.1804Arrived at PortsmouthBWAS-1793
20.8.1804Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
11.9.1804Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
13.10.1804Wrecked off DoverBWAS-1793
17.10.1804Began fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793
15.12.1804Completed fitting at Woolwich Dockyard - Woolwich BWAS-1793

Notes on Ship

Mercantile Walter or Waller, prize built in France.
Taken in Indian waters.


Previous comments on this page

Posted by John Alexander Davidson on Monday 24th of June 2019 18:05

My 3Great Grandfather,LT. Alexander Davidson, RN commanded this vessel from her taking by The Albatross, November,13th 1800, as Prize Master and later as her Commanding Officer until her arrival at Portsmouth, April 27th 1804 with secret dispatches for the Government in London.

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 17:52

Selections from Calcutta Gazettes of the Years 1784 [-1823 Inclusive p.71

The 27TH November 1800.
Fort William, November 26th, 1800,

The following Despatch was this day received from the Acting Post Master at Kedgeree :—
To G. H. Barlow, Esq.,
Chief Secretary to Government, Fort William.

Sir,—I have the honor to acquaint you of the arrival of the Brig L'Adele, French Privateer, captured by His Majesty's Brig Albatross Captain Walter, on the 13th instant, about 30 leagues to the southward of of the Sandheads; the L'Adele had made eight captures, four of which she suffered to proceed on their voyage after plundering them of what she thought necessary,
I have, &c.,
(Sd.) S. H. HUET,
Acting Post Master

L'Adele is a fine fast sailing vessel and works well, was built at Nantz about eight monts ago, and is pierced for 16 guns, but has only 12 on board (and 4 quarters) , six and four pounders, Citoyen Nicolas Surcouff, Commander; and had about 60 persons on board at the commencement of the action.

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 17:43

The below documents are from
"Supplementary Dispatches an Memoria of Field Marshal
Arthur Duke of Wellington, KG
India 1797-1805
Vol II June 6, 1800 - Dec. 11, 1801,

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 17:40

June 6, 1800 - Dec. 11, 1801, Vol 2

The 'Phoenix' Indiaman has tekan the Malartie privateer, and the' Albatross' has taken the 'Adele', which I have named the 'Waller', and sent to Trincomalee with dispatches


To J. Rider, Esq. [715.]
Trincomalee, 24th Jan., 1801.
I have received your letter, in which you inform me that the price of the guns proposed to be purchased for the use of the Honourable Company's ship Waller is six hundred rupees, and I request that you will purchase them and deliver them to the officer commanding that vessel.

I have, & C.,
Arthur Wellesley

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 17:32

The Asiatic Annual Register, Or, a View of the History of Hindustan ..., Vol 7

April 1802
Amount of Provisions and Naval Stzores suzpplied in 1800-1
Brig Waller Rp594

Purchase of 4 Carriage Guns for the brig Waller Rp660

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 17:18

The Naval Chronicle - Vol 12 - Page 304

[from The calcutta post, Aug. 12, 1803.]
HE following particulars are from the log book of the
Hon. Company’s armed Brig 'Waller', under the conmand
of Lieutenant Alex ANDER. Davidson, of the Royal Navy, on her passage from Malacca to Amboyna and back:—

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 16:50

East India Register and Directory 1803
not listed as for 1 Jan 1801

East India Register and Directory 1803
East India Register and Directory 1804
AT Calcutta
Waller East India Company cruizer
buil.t France , master Lieut A.Davidson

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 16:17

Lloyd's List - Tuesday 01 May 1804

Portsmouth arrived 28 Mar 1804
Walter (armed brig) from Bengal
sailed 8 Jan 1804

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 16:14

Papers Respecting The Navy, Presented In Pursuance Of Addresses of the House of Lords to His Majesty.
Navy Office, 18th March 1805

HMS Firebrand was purchased form East India Company
'Waller' was "unknown" ears old and has 140bm
was purchased for £600
moreover £126 were spent to fitting the ship at King'S Yard.

Posted by AvM on Saturday 22nd of July 2017 16:07

Rowan Hackman
"Ships of the EI Company"
Waller ship
French built and taken in prize, probably in Indian waterss
Chartered to carry a cargo from Calcutta to London
sailed 9 Jan 1804
13 Oct wrecked near Dover, almost at the end of her voyage

Make a comment about this page

Recent comments to other pages

Date postedByPage
Monday 27th of January 2020 05:19John HanrahanBritish hired ship 'Increase' (1645) (36)
Thursday 23rd of January 2020 02:42Mark BiegaJohn Chilcott
Wednesday 22nd of January 2020 06:04Diana MurraySir Francis Geary (1st Baronet of Oxenheath) (1709-1796)
Tuesday 21st of January 2020 10:52Margaret SykesEdward Andrews (1782-?)
Monday 20th of January 2020 20:30Nick WilliamsThomas Blakiston (1790-?)